Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nyles Jones(a.k.a. Guitar Gabriel) - My South My Blues

b. Robert L. Jones, 12 October 1924, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 2 April 1996. At the age of five Jones, aka Guitar Gabriel, moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his bluesman father and began playing guitar when eight years old, meeting many of the area’s leading blues artists, including Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller, both of whom had a great influence on his own music. He left home at the age of 16 and travelled throughout the country, meeting Lightnin’ Hopkins, who also left his mark on Jones’ music. In 1970 he recorded in Pittsburgh for Gemini, and the resulting album and single were acclaimed for their raw blues passion. However, Jones became disillusioned at the lack of financial reward and returned to Winston-Salem in the mid-70s, assuming the name Guitar Gabriel. He was rediscovered and recorded again in 1991, under the supervision of Tim Duffy.
Never heard of this LP until about 2 months ago after watching a documentary DVD that came with the 2nd Guitar gabriel CD. As I like the music on both Guitar Gabriel CD's I thought I'd try and buy the LP if it was at reasonable price. Next day I found it, bought it online from Paul Duvivie and now here it is for your listening pleasure.
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Gerard Herzhaft said...

A great debut album for Nyles Jones that has gained some success, The Welfare blues issued on a 45 was even a local hit. And the leading british blues mag Blues Unlimited published rave reviews of the album and the single. Unfortunately and for several reasons, Nyles didn't cash on this and have had to wait almost two decades to record again, this time under the Guitar Gabriel moniker that puzzled a lot of people who didn't even know that this man was Nyles Jones! By the way, Nyles is the son of Sunny Jones, a good Piedmont bluesman who recorded in the 30's

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Interesting blog!

Alan Balfour said...

A man with different persona see

Bendeboue Blues said...

Thank you, there is a video ,i saw about the utrecht blues marathon , back stage where jones was jamming,
I think i saw it on utube, as well as there is another vinyl of him, i'll check it out,the first Tim Duffy recordings with him are amazing