Houston Jones's Profile

About me:San Francisco Bay Area based Houston Jones delivers a "high octane" Americana performance. Their mostly original repertoire ranges from bluegrass and folk to electric blues and gospel.

Travis Jones (lead vocals, guitar), began performing as a child accompanying his mother on gospel tours in the South. He honed his soulful delivery in his years as a child preacher in churches around his native Shreveport, only to throw down his bible when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

Chris Kee (bass, cello, and guitar) has a degree in ethnomusicology from Yale. Balancing his bookishness with Americana street cred, Kee is a regular with Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Air Force, a long time cohort of Telecaster wizard Jim Campilongo, and has performed with Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller.

Glenn Houston (lead guitars) was the founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks. Glenn was voted 2009 Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Peter Tucker (drums), who (along with Kee) was in the original rhythm section of the Waybacks, has deep Americana roots , having performed and recorded with wide array of Americana musicians, including Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, the Beau Brummels, Warren Zevon and Skunk Baxter.

Henry Salvia (keyboards, accordion) has performed with the Johnny Nocturne Band, Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones and Big Jay McNeeley.

Houston Jones has been a hit at every festival they’ve played, including Strawberry, Telluride, Sisters, American River, and at the MillPond Festival where they shared sets with the great Joe Craven. They were voted both “best new discovery” and “best vocalist” at Strawberry.

The band is currently being played on over 70 radio stations throughout North America and beyond. Billboard.com praised their “Wonderful original tunes;” Dirty Linen said “No one delivers the goods quite like HJ... HJ remains one of the West Coast’s most talented and entertaining bands.” Bob Brown, club owner and manager of Huey Lewis, says they are “as good as any singing and picking I’ve heard in my thirty years in the music business."
Member Since:March 15, 2006
Last Login:October 20, 2014
Location:Castro Valley, CA
Birthday:August 17

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Houston Jones's Journal

January - February 2012 Newsletter - Henry Salvia, keyboards, accordion
Fri 1/27/2012 8:58AM
July, 2011 Houston Jones Newsletter by Chris Kee - bassist
Fri 7/8/2011 11:58AM

Independence

Houston Jones November 2010 Newsletter - by Henry Salvia, keyboards, accordion
Fri 11/5/2010 12:27PM

Hola, fun-seekers!

 

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