Hot Summer Nights has seen many acts this year. The summer music concert series will conclude Thursday with a performance by Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones.
Jones is an American blues guitarist and singer from Dallas. Jones began working professionally in the 1960s. Since then, he has worked with Freddie King, Hal Harris, Johnnie Taylor and R.L. Griffin. He has released six albums as a solo artist.
In an article by Blues Blast Magazine, Jones’ music was described as blues mixed with soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
“It really is,” Jones told Blues Blast. “Part of that is because of what I came up listening to. Of course, there was the blues — and I played with Freddie King for all those years — plus there was the scene that I came up in the ’60s, where I played with R&B artists and was an original member of Bobby Patterson & The Mustangs. I guess it goes back to what my uncle, Adolphus Snead — who was a big band leader — told me. He always told me to never get cornered into a box, because if you learn your instrument and learn to play more than one style, you’ll never go hungry. And that advice has paid off, so-to-speak. I guess when you just try to be yourself, all your influences come together.”
Jones said Snead was the first person to give him guitar lessons. He became a professional guitarist at the age of 16. From there his love for the instrument grew.
“Hopefully, you never stop learning, especially things about your instrument,” Jones told Blue Blast. “That’s helped me to expound on things and not to get cornered into any kind of a box, musically. If you really know your guitar’s neck, to me, you can express yourself better.”
In 1998, Jones was nominated for Blues Music Award for the Best New Blues Artist. Jones will be performing at 7
Jones will be performing at 7 p.m. on the Sherman Municipal Lawn
“I personally have really enjoyed lineup up and diversity of artists we have had at Hot Summer Nights this year,” Sherman Tourism and Main Street Director Sarah McRae said. “The crowds reflect that with the record-number attendance. There was a variety of genres represented this year and that was great. We plan on continuing that next year with the genre diversity. We want to keep with that theme and just ramp it up for next year.”