The objective of this show is to bring very promising and talented emerging artists to my audience to give them a boost and also give my listeners a look into what it takes to become a successful musician - which is a lot more than talent. There are thousands of bands in the country - thousands here in LA alone, where Music FridayLive! is based. Once in a while, we talk with established musicians like Marky Ramone three ago, but always our guests are artists who have either made it as a professional musician or are working very hard to get there. This Friday, we will do something different, we will talk with a passionate, talented and well-recorded artist who has no thought of becoming a professional musician, despite the success of the three bands he has been in and his latest 2-CD release. He does it because he loves it. His name is Jon Williams and he plays the blues, big time.
Jon is an investment adviser by day and a blues guitarist by night. Single, so family obligations are behind him, he can practice, gig, record - whatever when he is not working. And he does, with a very talented group of musicians, (one of whom is a professional) who play at a very high, professional level, whether it is rock and roll or Chicago Blues.
I got invited to the CD release party for his new album, Spirits, Sinners, Shrews & Blues, a collection of 18 covers ranging from "Amazing Grace" written by John Newton in `1779 to Jon Zeeman 2013 hit, "Your Right, I'm Wrong". Each song is recorded with the precision and passion of a band that was not watching the clock and wondering if the label will be happy. The result is the kind of old fashioned rockin' blues that makes your feet bounce and your hands play air guitar no matter where you are. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.