Jimbo Jones

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Singer and keyboardist Jimbo Jones is a legendary rock performer from the area of the Gulf Coast affectionately known as the "redneck Riviera." He was an associate of Tommy Shaw prior to that artist becoming…
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Singer and keyboardist Jimbo Jones is a legendary rock performer from the area of the Gulf Coast affectionately known as the "redneck Riviera." He was an associate of Tommy Shaw prior to that artist becoming a member of the hit-making rock outfit Styx. When Shaw cut his 1984 solo album with the threatening title of Girls With Guns, he brought Jones in to help with background vocals. This appears to be one of the only heavily circulated recordings of Jones in action, something of a pity considering his status among musicians from this scene.

One of his associates from the old days seems to be making a concerted effort to beef up this documentation, or perhaps "shrimp up" would be a better image considering the locales involved. Eddie Wohlford, a producer and keyboardist whose roots also extend back to the rock scene in Pensacola, Florida, circa the early '70s, has created a series of archive CDs in which Jones figures prominently. For Years is the obvious place to start; it's a compilation of stellar performances by Jones picked out by Wohlford wearing his production cap. A large number of live and studio recordings involving various collaborations are also available, suggesting that these performers were making their way through a dictionary of band names, starting at the letter H: Harmony, Harvest, and the Hawg Band are among the combos represented.