Heavy Blues Recording Artist Proudly Represents His Black Iowegian Roots On New Album

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Universal stories from rural America as told from the artist’s unique point of view; Showcasing authentic heavy blues inspired by familia life experiences from the last century to today.

Ottumwa, Iowa – January 21, 2021 – A new collection of songs written by bandleader Professor John-Paul “Jp” Jones entitled Broke In Bridge City is set for digital and physical release on February 5, 2021. Recorded at CopperTop Studio Hut, the album offers a fresh look at life in Southeastern Iowa as told in story form from the perspective of a Black Iowegian.

“John-Paul Jones Group sound may be reminiscent of Hendrix, Lynnott, Gallagher & Trower, but he definitely is an original who preaches from the heart and soul of a modern man” – Ernie Peniston – Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

Jp and his team have produced a deeply personal album inspired by life, health, family, and thoughts about the past, present and future.“This album is a very personal reflection from my perspective as a native Black Iowegian. My family’s nine generation-strong history (in Iowa) – coupled with our integration into the society around us – has molded my perspectives on life in ways hard for many to comprehend. With this album, I hope my artistically authentic interpretation of living in rural small town America is relatable to anyone regardless of what they look like, where they are now or where they have come from.” – Jp Broke In Bridge City is to be released on LP, CD & DIGITAL on February 5, 2021 https://bluenexusmusic.limitedrun.com

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1. Blue Ruin (Right Now)*
2. Broke In Bridge City
3. Ballad of The Nine
4. Better Be Yourself
5. Blood Sugar Blues
6. Youth is Wasted On The Young


Lyrics & Composition: John-Paul “Jp” Jones
Producer: John-Paul “Jp” Jones
Mix Engineer: Aggela Mourgella**
Tracking Engineer: John-Paul “Jp Jones
Arranger: John-Paul “Jp” Jones
Drums: Chris Barber**
Guitars, Bass, Vocals: John-Paul “Jp” Jones
*Additional Lyrics: Paul Hanson & John-Paul Jp” Jones
Label: Eugene’s Trick Bag Records, LLC
Distributor: Blue Nexus Music
Studio: CopperTop Studio Hut
Management: H&J Entertainment, LLC
** independent consultants

“John-Paul Jones Group has a raw sound that recalls heavy blues from the 1960s & 70s, while still remaining original, authentic and accessible to
people of all generations” – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Recording Artist 5x BMA Recipient


Professor John-Paul “Jp” Jones is a native Black Iowegian, heavy blues recording artist and is the founder & leader of the John-Paul Jones Group. The artist is member of the American Federation of Musicians, Black Rock Coalition, International Blues Foundation, International Singer-Songwriters Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.


Under John-Paul “Jp” Jones’ leadership, the John-Paul Jones Group has steadily established itself as one of Iowa’s most authentic heavy blues acts. Formed over twenty years ago from the remains of his progressive rock band Jp’s Eternia, the band is rapidly gaining regional and national recognition. It boasts excellent musicianship, powerful stage presence, and a remarkable stage show with audience interaction/participation integrated throughout each live performance. Since its inception the John-Paul Jones Group has opened for, collaborated/jammed with and/or shared stages with the likes of Black Oak Arkansas, Ernie Peniston, Kevin Burt, Avey Grouws, Davey Knowles, and many more.

After a very successful series of performances in 2018 at the Iowa State Fair and Iowa Blues Challenge, the group went on to perform at the 9th Bourbon & Blues, 30th Annual End of Summer Rally and a repeat performance at the Iowa State Fair in 2019. In that same year, the artist also produced the inaugural Patriot’s Picnic Concert Series dedicated to helping veteran service organizations.

This series is hosted and donated exclusively to VFW and American Legion posts throughout the Midwest by Jp featuring the John-Paul Jones Group. The musicians who comprise the John-Paul Jones Group are highly trained professionals with diverse musical backgrounds ranging from big band jazz and progressive metal to blues and rock. The band and its members were a 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge finalist and have been the recipients of accolades including a Top 100 hit on the Number One Music Blues Chart and Top 10 positions on ReverbNation Global & USA Blues Charts.


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