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Jonathon Long wsg Fuzzy & The Rustbelts – The Big Easy in Buffalo NOLA Series 7pm $20
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Dec
2021

Jonathon Long wsg Fuzzy & The Rustbelts – The Big Easy in Buffalo NOLA Series 7pm $20

  • Location:326 Amherst Street
  • Venue:Sportsmens Tavern
  • Length:7pm – 10pm
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Date(s) - 13/12/2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Sportsmens presents

 

Jonathon Long plus Fuzzy & The Rustbelts – The Big Easy in Buffalo NOLA Series

 

Monday, December 13, 2021

 

 

7pm $20

 

Doors 6pm

 

 

 

“I like to see people dancing and enjoying themselves. That’s why I love making music” –Jonathon Long
Technically there is only so much you can play on an electric guitar-fronted blues band, and most
everything has been tried at least once. The differences are more in emotional expression, the ineffable
human quality that animates the playing and performance. Long excels at the high intensity blues rock
format. You can hear Louisiana calling in Long’s control of dynamics, and his conversational manner of
playing, that front porch penchant for telling multiple stories in a single solo. As a sheer force player
Long belongs in the company of the masters. The bells he rings come closer to Albert Ayler’s than
Johnny B Goode’s. Yet he can be as elegant and soulful as B.B. King on an R&B jump tune or a ballad.
But that still isn’t the best thing about Long. What really sets him apart is his songwriting and singing,
which has evolved out of the blues canon into his own version of Americana, a place emerging from but
not tied to any genre, too personal to be anything but unique.
Long comes from a long line of blues musicians who know how to play a Louisiana dance party. The
Baton Rouge-born musician was child prodigy who was playing guitar by age six and started performing
at blues jams in the Baton Rouge club Swamp Mama’s when he was ten years old, alongside local
legends Kenny Neal, Rudy Richard and Lil Ray Neal. When Long was 14 his parents gave him permission
to go out on the road with Louisiana Blues icon Henry Turner. Long, playing bass in the band, learned the
ropes on the juke joint circuit and before long knew how to please a crowd on his own. Long joined New
Orleans icon Luther Kent’s blues band and began playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,
where he has become a local fixture. In 2011 at the age of 22, going under the name Jonathon “Boogie”
Long he won the “King of the Blues” award for best unsigned Blues guitar player in America and in 2012
released his first album, an impressive showcase of his blues guitar talents. His second album Trying to
Get There showed Long growing as a songwriter and singer, a transition he’s completed on the new
album. The first thing you notice about Jonathan Long’s new record, Parables of a Southern Man, is that
his virtuoso guitar playing is not his only strength. Long is a complete musician and entertainer, a great
singer and totally original songwriter whose lyrical guitar playing is always in service to the bigger
picture.

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