James "Famous" Jones

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Active professionally since at least the mid-'60s, this bassist is sometimes credited as just plain Jimmy Jones as well as Jimmy Jones Jr., inviting confusion not only with a host of other musicians who…
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Active professionally since at least the mid-'60s, this bassist is sometimes credited as just plain Jimmy Jones as well as Jimmy Jones Jr., inviting confusion not only with a host of other musicians who have the same name but their offspring as well. The exciting live T-Bone Walker release entitled Back on the Scene: Texas, 1966, available on several different labels, presents a good sampling of this bassist's work when he was somewhat fresh on the scene. A decade later, Jones held forth on some of the recordings made by singer Freddy Fender, blending into an inspiring fabric of blues, country, and of course Tex-Mex.

The bassist has also shown up on strong gospel albums, but should not be confused with the North Carolina gospel singer of the same name while the listener is onto holy subjects. In the '90s, Jones seemed quite taken with the idea of nicknaming himself "Famous," establishing a serious edge over so many other musicians who have to do much more to become so than just signing their names. Harmonica player John Weston's 1993 Fat Possum offering featuring Jones in his famous capacity received superb reviews and was reissued in 2000 by the Evidence label.