Houston Jones is a high-octane Americana quintet based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 2001, the band performs an original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. TRAVIS JONES, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, 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 holiness churches around his native Shreveport, only to throw down his bible when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. ?
TRAVIS JONES, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, 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 holiness churches around his native Shreveport, only to throw down his bible when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. ?
CHRIS KEE, who plays bass, cello, and guitar, has a degree in ethnomusicology from Yale, focusing on the music of Pentecostal churches. ?Balancing his bookishness with Americana street cred, Kee is a regular conscript with?Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Air Force, a long time cohort of?Telecaster wizard Jim Campilongo, and has performed as a hired gun with Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, including a recent appearance at the Kate Wolf festival with?Buddy Miller, Emmy Lou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin.
GLENN HOUSTON (lead guitars) was the original guitarist for and founding member of the Waybacks.? Houston, who plays left handed and upside down, was voted?2009 Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass?Society. ??
Percussionist PETER TUCKER, who (along with Kee) was in the original rhythm section of the Waybacks, has deep roots in the Americana world, having performed and recorded with a virtual coffee table book history of American musicians, including, as a partial list,?Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, the Beau Brummels, Warren Zevon and Skunk Baxter.
And keyboardist HENRY SALVIA, a veteran of Detroit's club scene, has toured internationally with the fabled Johnny Nocturne Band, and performed with?Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones and Big Jay McNeeley, to mention a few.
Houston Jones has been a hit at every festival they've played, including Strawberry, Telluride, Sisters, American River, and recently at the Millpond Festival in Bishop, California where they swapped sets with the great?Joe Craven. They were voted?both ?best new discovery? and ?best vocalist? at the Strawberry Music Festival. ??
The band is currently being played on over 70 stations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.??Billboard.com?praised Houston Jones' ?Wonderful original tunes;??Three Crow Town?was one of?San Francisco institution?KFOG's favorite CDs of 2005. Reviewing Calico Heart,?Dirty Linen Magazine?said ?No one delivers the goods quite like Houston Jones? Houston Jones remains one of the West Coast's most talented and entertaining bands.? And Bob Brown, club owner and manager of Huey Lewis and the News, says Houston Jones is ?as good as any singing and picking I've heard in my thirty years in the music business.? Do your friends a big favor and turn them on to this band!?