About Josh Jones and the Ahead Lists

I refuse to tell you how fabulous I think Josh Jones & Ahead Lists are. I mean, I could rave about their drum samples, but I really want you to discover that for yourself. Listen to “Solid Sinnin’,” the first audio release from Josh Jones & the Ahead Lists. It speaks well enough for itself without me yammering on from my obviously biased point of view. Think about it. Why would I want to inflate your expectations? What good does that do me, or you, for that matter?

drum samplesTake the Ahead Lists, for instance. To what end would I inform you that their collective resumés read like a Who’s Who in the Blues? Members of the Ahead Lists have played in the actual bands of: Junior Wells; Buddy Guy; John Lee Hooker; Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson; Jerry Portnoy; The Radio Kings, and many other drum sample users, but…the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, baby, …(right there on that cd there)….I certainly wouldn’t want to encumber your experience by disclosing that guitarist, Charlie Baum is one of the most artful and inventive players on the contemporary Blues & Roots circuit, and that his original style refreshingly avoids the clichés that overwhelm the genre. I’m afraid you’ll just have to hear that for yourself….Of course, I would never wax prejudicial, telling you how bassist, Josh Clarke and drummer, Frosty Padgett burn some of the meanest and deepest grooves into these cuts that I’ve heard since my mammy had me in nappies. You’ll figure all that out on your own, ….and please…please don’t let me burden you with overwrought descriptions of Josh Jones’s clever songwriting or his spot-on vocals. Let’s not even bring up his soulful and driven harmonica playing. Again, it’s all right there on the cd sitting in front of you. Why should I give it away and spoil the surprise? OK. Go ahead now, and give it a good listen. I’ll wait…

While listening to these five cuts, you might sense that these guys are seasoned professionals. You would be right. A strong blues aesthetic and professional musicianship elevate Josh Jones and the Ahead Lists above the typical beer-soaked, barroom blues band. Instead, expect a roller coaster ride of high-energy original songs. Tight, groovy and rhythm-driven, this band will move you with their smart, contemporary take on the blues. When you hear them play, you just might rediscover what made you love the music in the first place.

[Blues & Co.] “Behold Boston. It’s been a long time since we took a stroll on this side of the States. Nevertheless, there are things happening over there in the question of music, and it’s not for the discovery of Josh Jones and his pals, the Ahead Lists, that one would change one’s opinion. Here is a guy who endlessly pleases the ears of Tonton, because cyclically, one has to keep replaying the music of this guy, Josh. A sacred music that we love, by God !!! It’s beautiful. It’s rich. It’s gripping, that joyous, wholesale soundest! In all, a great missive sent forth from Boston- as usual. Obviously, there is a nest there [in Boston] I tell you (and I tell you often!!!). So, when there is so much [good music] there, it is well that we reach for the top level and immerse ourselves in that, of course.!!! Their music, a cross of Chicago and West Coast, a powerful barroom blues full of energy stays very personal and rich. Brimming with swing and maximum groove, it’s necessary to say that the band is not built of bric a brac- all of them have long resumes reaching back with no end… with references to Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, or again, Jerry Portnoy, so for sure this works…

 

The only drawback: these guys didn’t work their asses off- five titles, that’s all. Imagine the expression on Tonton’s face every time he’s obliged to press the replay button every twenty minutes?? But to their credit, it’s necessary to note that these five marvels have their free drum samples available for downloading on their web site. So…

Five superb (you already said that!!!) compositions…from this guy Josh Jones. Excellent singer and moving harmonicist, he conducts the combo with authority and confidence, leaving maximum room for guitarist, Charlie Baum, and that’s even better, because this one, he’s the real thing, all great with a rich game and totally inventive, the guy who doesn’t grease everywhere, but whose understated playing sticks to your soul. As for the rhythm section, you don’t hear one like this so often. It’s solid, heavy, and efficient, so as to force one into the crime of blissing out. Josh Clarke (bass) and Frosty Padgett (drum samples) consolidate the slap that the other two spun you with by delivering a mega kick drum sample in the butt. And yet, worst of all, even after this butt kicking, we still ask for more, because we like it so much.

A huge crunchy for the Tonton.”