Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jon Lawton at the Mojo Lounge

The second installment in the series of Bay Area Blues performances features a visit from Jon Lawton as a guest of Steve Freund at the World Famous Tuesday Night Blues Jam.

Jon's been playing the guitar for almost 40 years. He relocated from Omaha, Nebraska to California a little over two decades ago. He's been a fixture on the Blues scene out here ever since. This past Tuesday, he dropped into the Mojo Lounge to visit and perform with his long time friend, Steve Freund.

Steve is a very cordial host. When he hosts the Blues jam at the Mojo Lounge, it's a free clinic in the Blues idiom. Steve opens up the jam by performing a fabulous first set often inviting some of his very talented friends to join him.

The first entry in the trio of Blues performances is a fantastic version of the Lowell Fulson classic, Hung Down Head. This version features a fine band including: Steve Freund (vocals/guitar), Jon Lawton (guitar), Tim Wagar (bass) and Jimmy Mulleniux (drums).

In the second installment of the video trio, Steve turns over the microphone to Jon. He starts off his segment with a fine cersion of the Jimmy Reed classic, Going Upside Your Head.

In the final entry, Jon leads a fabulous version of the Big Mac classic, Rough Dried Woman.

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