Whether navigating rockabilly, swing, or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless.
The reverb-drenched twang of “Metalflake Sky” is a surf-music delight featuring blistering chromatic runs. The boogie of “Nothing Left To Burn” gives Jones a chance to show off some slinky rock licks. The atmospheric bluesy ballad “Love Don’t Live Here No More” offers a plethora of moody licks highlighted by a loud and melodic solo. And Jones’ country skills are on full display on the aptly named “Jinx’s Guitar Boogie.”
Jones has the requisite throaty, screaming voice needed to power the rockabilly side of things throughout. While it’s easy to fall into clichés with that genre, he proves up to the task of keeping it fresh through most of tunes, as proven on “Beat Crazy Baby,” where the chord changes zig when they would normally zag.
The songs are all originals, except for a cover of the jazz classic “Flying Home,” which gets a rockabilly treatment, and “Theme From Thunderball,” which features what could be called the Mysterious Twang.
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