Jonathon Long (USA)

Jonathon Long on Baton Rouge’st, Louisianast pärit kitarrvirtuoos, üliandekas laulja ja laulukirjutaja.
Longi tähelend sai alguse 2011. aastal Guitar Center King of the Blues konkursi võiduga. Üle 4000 osavõtjaga Ameerika parimate plaadilepinguta kitarristide võistluseks nimetatud konkursi võit avas Longile tee suurtele lavadele. Vaid aasta hiljem mängis Long koos B.B. Kingiga 15 kontserdist koosneval tuuril, kus vanameister ka noort talenti eriliselt esile tõstis.
Tänaseks on Long USA bluusiringkondade hinnatumaid ja nõutumaid mehi jagades lava Dr. Johni, Kenny Wayne Sheperd’i, Chris Duarte ja paljude teistega.
Longi eelmisel aastal ilmunud omanimeline Samantha Fishi poolt produtseeritud album tõusis Billboardi edetabelis 8ndale kohale.
Tänavu augustis esineb Long ka Joe Bonamassa korraldatud USA kõige suuremate bluusistaaride kokkutulekul Keeping the Blues Alive kruiisil.

Jonathon Longi muusika on sild erinevate Ameerika traditsioonide vahel. See on intensiivne bluusrokk, kus on tunda mõjutusi folgist gospeli ja kantrini.
Long ise ütleb, et loomulikult peetakse teda eelkõige bluusiartistiks, ja seda ta on, kuid ta ei tahaks end stiilidega piiritleda, vaid olla olla lihtsalt muusik, kes loob traditsioone austavat kuid tänapäevast Ameerika muusikat.

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From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jonathon Long was born with the blues coursing through his veins. Brought up in a Southern Baptist community, he first picked up the guitar at the age of six, teaching himself old gospel songs. Years later, a teenage Long found himself playing weekly gigs at blues clubs and events around town. At fourteen, he left school to lay down his roots touring with local legends Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor from 2003 to 2005. Additionally, he has toured with Chris Duarte, Kenny Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit. Boogie has shared the stage with standout musicians such as Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Monte Montgomery, Ellis Hall, Kenny Neal, Larry Garner, Henry Gray, Lil Ray Neal, and Lou Marini of the Blues Brothers Band.

In 2011, Boogie Long was crowned Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” from a field of over 4,000 contestants, in the competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America. Soon after, Boogie was sought out to film 2013’s “Boogie Blues Magic,” an instructional three-DVD set on which he shares his original tricks for learning fundamental blues styles (www.boogiebluesmagic.com). On another recent project, Boogie co-starred in the independent film, “We Be Kings,” a fictional story about an elderly couple that owns a juke joint in the Mississippi Delta.

Boogie currently fronts his own blues/soul trio. His soul- stomping vocals and monster guitar shredding, paired with bluesy songwriting chops make his powerhouse performances a “must see.”
In April 2013, Boogie was tapped by B.B. King to support his four week tour. Also, he was given a prime slot at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Blues Stage! Quickly ascending from Baton Rouge to the main stage, Boogie Long is on track with his lifetime goal of championing blues music and its roots. His debut record was released in April of 2013.
In 2018 Long’s 3rd self titeled album produced by Samantha Fish reached 8th place in Billboard Blues Rock Album chart.

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