Andy John Jones returns to his home city of Birmingham to perform on the 6th March at Digbeth's brand new Dead Wax.
When Charles Bukowski wrote in ‘Go All the Way’ that missing meals, freezing on park benches, derision and isolation were “a test of endurance, of how much you really want to do it” nobody could’ve embodied this more than Andy John Jones. Whilst supporting himself through any jobs available in post recession Britain; labouring for local tradesmen, local pubs and fast food restaurants, Andy performed around his local home city of Birmingham UK from the age of 15.
His sound wouldn’t go on to be fully rounded, however, until he moved to London where, come sun or come snow, Andy has spent the last five years doing twelve hour days busking the streets of Westminster where he has since built a growing and enthusiastic fanbase. Inspired by the thunderous three and a half octaves of his vocal range that has brought him comparisons with such singers as Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Buckley, as well as his sensational guitar playing akin to John Mayer and John Frusciante, this fanbase crowdfunded £3365 towards the recording of Andy’s debut album, to be recorded with his exceptional band The Ginkgo Milk, and due for release in Autumn of 2020.
It was after skipping exams periods at school to go to Glastonbury 2009 where the fire would spark for Andy John Jones. In the mud and sunshine Andy would be blown out by performances from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Pete Doherty and Paolo Nutini.
With a creative side descending from his great-great uncle, the Welsh painter and Dylan Thomas contemporary Alfred Janes, as well as a rebelliousness and tenacity no doubt a result from his direct descendancy to Henry ‘Hostpur’ Percy, Andy would find a creative stomping ground between his creative impulses and eagerness for adventure. His music has come to be defined by experiences coming of age in the shadows of Britain’s minimum wage work and the often forgotten or ignored corners of Generation Z. With a voice that yearns for life and love in otherwise decaying worlds, Andy oozes Soul in the stories he tells through his Jazz-infused Rock.
Influenced heavily by an array of music from Jazz to Blues, Folk to Rock, Soul to Funk, Rock n Roll to R&B, Andy defines his sound as Soul Rock, “a sort of Indie/Soul/Blues Rock hybrid”, influenced by some of his biggest heroes including Bruce Springsteen, John Martyn, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits, Gary Clark Jr as well as bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Black Keys.