Described as “Blues Rock’s youngest talent in the UK”, Laurence Jones heads to Lincoln on Sunday, October 4 to play with his band at the Engine Shed.
Influenced by the likes of Walter Trout, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher and Albert Collins, Laurence has been playing music since the age of eight, when he discovered it was a true passion of his. At 23, Laurence has been playing professionally for around five years after getting his first record deal at the age of 18.
In 2014, he was not only voted ‘Young Artist of the Year’ in the British Blues Awards but also won the first UK Blues Challenge. He described this as “such an overwhelming feeling” and couldn’t thank his fans more. Laurence went on to represent the UK at the fifth European Blues Challenge held in Brussels in March 2015.
Blues music has expanded massively over the years, cropping up in many genres that you may not even realise such as pop, hip-hop and rock. Laurence describes the genre of blues for him as “a type of feeling.”
Laurence began to get a name for himself after BBC Radio 2 stated that he “is like a young Robin Trower, exciting and full of energy”.
He released his debut album in 2012 called Thunder In The Sky, and April saw the release of Laurence’s third album, What’s It Gonna Be with Ruf Records, featuring guests Sandi Thom and Dana Fuchs.
Judging by the reaction of the market, he is certainly making his mark: Guitar & Bass magazine have called him “a guitar hero in the making, and for many decades to come”, with Classic Rock saying he “is now the complete package”.
Laurence is hoping to get his music across to a younger audience and hopes performing at universities can help him do just that.
He told The Linc: “We want to go to different parts of the country that we haven’t been to before, especially in the UK as it has such a vast scene for live music. We want to get our music across to the younger generation, and that’s why we’ve chosen to come to Lincoln.
“We’re excited to be coming to the Engine Shed and looking forward to playing for the people at the uni!” he added.
After the show, Laurence and his band are off to tour around Europe for 2 months visiting Germany, Switzerland and Holland before heading out to New York.
If you want to see Laurence with his band at The Engine Shed on Sunday October 4, doors open at 7:30pm and advance tickets are £11 + booking fee and can be purchased by calling 01472 349 222 or online. For students, tickets are on a buy one get one free offer.
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