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Marshall Records Artist Laurence Jones Explains How to Write a Stadium Rock Fist-Pumper

Laurence Jones
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Marshall Records (opens in new tab)’ Laurence Jones has been making waves across the pond in recent times.

Spotted on tour with guitar legends such as Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter, the PRS Artist (opens in new tab) is a musical force in his own right, recently “galloping to victory” with his “Anywhere With Me” single in Classic Rock’s Track of the Week (opens in new tab) pole.  

When it came to choosing the first single from his latest album, Destination Unknown (opens in new tab), Jones says he knew that it had to be “Anywhere With Me.”

“It’s the perfect way to open up this record,” commented the guitarist. “The first thing you’re hit with is that rock sensibility that only the guitar could deliver.”

The award-winning blues-rock virtuoso began his recording career around a decade ago, releasing his debut, Thunder in the Sky (Promise Records) in 2012.

In 2014, Jones joined Ruf Records’ roster, releasing his sophomore album, Temptation, that year. This was swiftly followed up by What's It Gonna Be and the Mike Vernon-produced Take Me High in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

To join the Marshall legacy is a dream. I’m proud of the album we’ve made together

Laurence Jones

In 2017, Jones hooked up with independent record label Top Stop Music to release The Truth, before signing with Marshall Records earlier this year.

“I’m honoured to have signed with Marshall Records,” said the guitarist. “I’ve recorded 10 original tracks with my band at the Marshall studio, Milton Keynes, U.K. in February 2022.

“To join the Marshall legacy is a dream. I’m proud of the album we’ve made together on the legendary Tattoo You [The Rolling Stones] mixing desk.

“Marshall has given me the support and platform to create a British rock crossover album that I’ve been waiting to record.”

“We at Marshall are huge fans of the blues,” said Marshall Music Director Steve Tannett. “When the opportunity came up to work with such a talented guitarist who has played with some of the greats, we knew it was a perfect partnership.

“Laurence is writing some great material that branches out from previous albums, but stays true to his blues rock roots and excellent guitar playing.”

In this exclusive video, Jones breaks down the Destination Unknown (opens in new tab) single “Can't Keep from Loving You” and gives us a guitar player’s insight into how to write a no-frills stadium rock fist-pumper.

'Destination Unknown' by Laurence Jones

(Image credit: Marshall Records)

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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.