Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
Andrew was born October 16, 1948 in Dallas Texas. Both parents loved music. His mother Gladys was a vocalist with an orchestra headed by close family friend Adolphus Sneed who his brother, sister, and he would call uncle. Andrew’s mother bought his first guitar when he was seven years old. After seeing his potential his uncle Adolphus bought him a better one. Andrew began his professional career at age 16 playing with Freddie Kings backing band, the Thunderbirds. In 1967 Jones join R&B, soul singer Bobby Patterson and the Mustangs. They signed with Abnak Records and recorded several 45 singles on the Jet Star label. During this time he saw and met session guitar great Cornell Dupree.
Dupree use to sit in with Jones and the other musicians on Andrew’s guitar. In 1973 blues great Freddie King asked Jones to join his band again. King had recorded the (Going Down) album, and they were touring excessively with rock groups such as Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, Tower of Power, Marshall Tucker Band, etc…. In the 80’s Andrew was working with local artist R.L. Griffin, and also R&B singing great Johnny Taylor. In late 1987 Andrew went to California to join Russell Jackson, and Tony Coleman as the Silent Partners. Jackson and Coleman are both known for their work with B.B. King. Jones, Jackson, and Coleman did extensive session work and touring with different artist such as Katie Webster, Charlie Musselwhite, and opened for the Neville Brothers, and Leon Russell with Edgar Winter. In mid 1988 Jones along with Jackson and Coleman recorded with Katie Webster on her critically praised Alligator Records album, (Swamp Boogie Queen). In late 1989 Andrew and Charlie Musselwhite were recording on Sonny Rhodes album, and they hit it off. Later Musselwhite talk to Jones about starting a band and would like Jones to be a part of it. In the early to mid 1990’s they recorded three albums together: (Ace of Harps), (Signature), and (In My Time). Andrew co-wrote two songs with Mussewhite, River Hip Mama, on (Ace of Harps), and It’s Getting Warm In Here, on Signature.
The band won a W.C. Handy award for best band in 1995. Andrew return to Dallas in 1996 and later that year signed and recorded his first CD for J.S.P. Records, (I Need Time). In 1998, Rounder Records released Andrew’s second CD, (Watch What You Say), and was also nominated for a W.C. Handy award for best new blues artist. In 2001, Andrew’s third CD, (Mr. Domestic) was released on his own label Galexc Records. In 2005, Andrew signed and recorded his fourth and his first live CD, (Jr. Boy Live). Up to date 2009, Andrew signed with Electro-Fi Records, and released his fifth CD, (Gettin’ Real). Andrew thinks that this is some of his best writing to date. Andrew Jr. Boy Jones has toured: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Chile, England, France, Italy, Lebanon, Monaco, Switzerland, and etc…