jon paris





from "rock the universe"


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It's been said that Bluesman/Roots-rocker Jon Paris need bow his head to no one. For over a decade he played in-the-pocket bass guitar and over-the-top harmonica with blues legend Johnny Winter, touring the world and appearing on Winter's "Raisin' Cain", "Serious Business" and "Winter of '88" albums. He has also recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan ("Clean Cut Kid" and "Driftin' Too Far From Shore"), Ron Wood, John Hiatt, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh.

Leading his own band on guitar, vocals and harmonica, Jon Paris has maintained a consistant and loyal following in the Northeast and Midwest playing top music clubs like Manny's Car Wash, Chicago Blues, Buddy Guy's Legends and Tramp's. On the concert circuit he has supported Gerorge Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert King and Cheap Trick to name a few; and has provided backing for such greats as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and John Lee Hooker.

Jon Paris' versatility is best showcased on his debut album, "Rock The Universe" (FOUNTAINBLEU Entertainment). Backed by such stellar talents as Kenny Arronson, Anton Fig and The Uptown Horns (who often augment Paris' trio in performance), Jon leads the way through power-packed originals like "Blues This Bad", "Born To Rock" (also featured in the film 'Naked Gun 2 1/2'), "Rock-Rock-Roxanne" and "Lost In The Suffle". His blues roots run deep on Otis Rush's "Double Trouble", Chuck Berry's "Deep Feeling" (with Johnnie Johnson) and his own "Going Nowhere Fast". With a bow to the Rolling Stones, Paris turns in a rave up version of their "It's Not Easy". Simply said, "Rock The Universe" rocks the house!

Guitar World magazine proclaimed that "Jon Paris' powerhouse trio puts on a fiery show." The Village Voice praised Paris' contributions to the NYC club scene, noting that he "makes Rock and Blues a lively art." The Austin Daily pointed out that "Paris' stylings of Chuck Berry tunes and sliding blues numbers are remarkable and highly energetic."

"Jon Paris is an extremely talented guy" says Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski. "He does a lot of things and he does them all well. I don't run across too many guitarists who can combine such sure-footed skills with intuitive blues sense like Jon does".

As Jon Paris continues to move forward recording and performing with his own hard rocking band, it's obvious his audience will grow as more share the same sentiments as the fans, critics and great artists who have already embraced him.