Castro Valley, CA
Date and Time
Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 11:00am
Live performance on "Please Stand By" with Sleepy John Sandidge, host.
Houston Jones is a San Francisco based high-octane Americana band that performs an original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel.
"A confluence of sublime talent" - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling that ranges from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of gospel revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.
All this translates into an explosive, wide-ranging performance that will touch your heart, expand your mind, and get your feet moving of their own volition.
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, and 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.