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Paul Wine Jones
Genres: Blues, Folk
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

The late prince of music journalism, Robert Palmer, writes in the liner notes of Mule that Paul "Wine" Jones plays guitar "with the momentum and unpredictability of a runaway steamroller." It's an apt description. For Jo...  more »


CD Details

All Artists: Paul Wine Jones
Title: Mule
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Red Distribution, in
Release Date: 7/25/1995
Genres: Blues, Folk
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 045778030521, 0457780305243, 111118030510, 4995879038208, 789394209021, 8714092030525

The late prince of music journalism, Robert Palmer, writes in the liner notes of Mule that Paul "Wine" Jones plays guitar "with the momentum and unpredictability of a runaway steamroller." It's an apt description. For Jones's raw electric riffs are the sonic by-product of hard life in the Mississippi Delta, and the songs contained in this CD are a mud-splattered testament to playing the blues for no purpose other than self-expression and emotional release. Indeed, Jones often slurs indistinguishably on cuts like "Kitty Kat" and "Rob & Steal." But who cares? After all, this is the real thing. Is that Jones playing the wah-wah or is it Big Jack Johnson? Are they a beat behind the primal thump of Sam Carr's drums? It makes no difference. Because these 10 tracks are so uncompromising and dangerous they make Buddy Guy sound like Donny Osmond. With releases like Mule, Fat Possum Records is showing the world that the deep, dark Delta blues still exists. And you can be part of it. Just play it loud. --Ken Hohman

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bob cobb | BELZONI MISSISSIPPI | 02/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have played with PAUL JONES for about 15 years. His wife, bessy, raised me while my parents worked, back in the seventies. That's how my brother Sid and I learned how to play the blues!!!This record wasn't pauls fist recording but it was his first on a major label. This recording is really good but you really have to see Paul live to catch the showmanship he posesses. Hats off to Mathew Johnson and Bruce Watson at FAT POSSUM RECORDS IN OXFORD MISSISSIPPI."
Thanks Fat Possum
T. K. Smith | Broward FL USA | 07/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Thanks to fat possum for putting Paul on my radar screen, this is gritty, greasy, nasty, guitar driven blues, the stuff I seek out that doesn't get mentioned in blues compilations,or played on blues shows (even on XM), but this is the music that is like sweet butter to the ears. Paul is no longer with us, but the music on these recordings will please forever. This is "the good stuff.""
What else would you expect
Tony Thomas | SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA | 10/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What is so surprising that he is a welder. Muddy Waters was driving a truck until he could make enough money from music to stop. Chuck Berry was building cars and got into his first club work more cause he thought he could make more money painting the walls of the club than playing in it, and he still remembers how much that check was. Heck, Scrapper Blackwell was a bootlegger which may not have been too good for his buddy Leroy Carr who died of alcoholism.

Most blues singers and other musicians who haven't made the big time work when they can get it. I am sitting at work all sweaty from just putting up eight big cylinders of gas here at the bus garage, but I also play guitar, fiddle, banjo and am a figure in the traditional music world.

Working people aren't dummies. In fact, in every job once I let folks know I play a little, folks I work with really show me that though I have been at it performing for 40 years, I just play a little compared to what they can do.

I don't think this music is raw or rough either. This is the serious work of an artist trying to speak the language of the soul, the language we brought here from Africa. I hate the condescension that goes on where folks look at anything that comes from real folks as being raw, primitive, whatever. The blues especially as heard here is an art deep and personal, touching, and moving one to think feel, and above all dance.

That ain't simple, that ain't raw!"