Preview: Justin Jones at Rock & Roll Hotel in D.C., Mar. 16

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Virginia native Justin Jones began playing guitar at the age of five and tried his hand at songwriting at the age of 13. He got his start on the stage playing open mic nights at bars in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His first album, “Blue Dreams”, was recorded in one day with just himself and his guitar. Following the release of “Blue Dreams”, Jones fell into drugs and began living out of his car. In 2006, he released another album, “Love verses Heroine”. By 2007, Jones lead a sober life and recorded his third album, “… And I Am the Song of the Drunkards”.

In January 2010, Jones recorded a collection of songs for, “The Little Fox EP”. In June of the same year, he traveled to SXSW (South by Southwest) to promote the EP and shop it around to record labels. He was approached by Thirty Tigers with a distribution deal. This prompted Jones’ manager at the time and D.C.’s 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz to start 9:30 Records to put out Jones’ releases. “The Little Fox EP” was released that year through 9:30 Records to favorable reviews.

In September 2011, Jones and his band met with Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M.) at White Star Sound in Virginia for a week to record what would become his first full-length album with 9:30 Records, “Fading Light”. Jones and his band previewed the album for an exclusive unplugged performance on the roof of NPR.

In 2012, Jones took his live show on the road. His busiest tour to date, Jones and his band played 130 shows across North America, including stops at Virgin Mobile Festival, Floyd Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Speakers in Code names Justin Jones one of the top-ten performances at ACL 2012, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.” And all signs point to Justin Jones surpassing this momentum in 2013, with a new album and documentary on the way, an upcoming U.S. tour, and talk of a European debut.

Justin Jones is taking his soul-stirring brand of rock and roll on the road for his 2013 “I Can Feel It Tour”. Get your tickets to see him at Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington D.C. March 16. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome!

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