Paul Jones and Dave Kelly in acoustic duo format. Classic songs from the blues giants of the past with lots of conversation explaining where the songs come from.
If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', thenDave Kelly sets the standard. He is a blues craftsman, a journeyman and one of the very best vocalists and slide guitarists this country has produced.
It was Dave's big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who in the 1960’s first opened his ears to the blues and in those early years he played with the best, including Muddy Waters, while Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker, both felt the benefit of his playing in their touring bands.
Dave, however is probably best known for the thirty odd years he has spent with Paul Jones and The Blues Band, where his guitar and vocals form the very backbone of their distinctive sound
In the decade before the far-reaching telephone call that started The Blues Band, Paul had been a hard-working actor, mainly in London's West End but also on Broadway (he lived in New York for a year). But always at heart he was a bluesman.
Having declined Brian Jones' invitation to join the fledgling Rolling Stones in 1962, Paul accepted the very next offer, a job with the group which soon became Manfred Mann. Later known as a pop group (Do Wah Diddy, Pretty Flamingo) they began as an R&B band, and would find themselves playing with Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, and Matt "Guitar" Murphy.
Over the years, Paul's songs have been recorded by people like Ten Years After, Al Kooper and Carlos Santana - and the earliest line-up of Steppenwolf. He has also written for films, television and commercials. As a harmonica man, he has performed publicly and/or recorded with Memphis Slim, Alexis Korner, Henry Gray, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Bibb, Otis Grand - hardly to mention the likes of Tina Turner and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Images of Paul Jones & Dave Kelly are courtesy of Graham Hutton.
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