Photo by Karen Mason-Blair
Seattle 6-string blazer Ayron Jones and his band the Way have been blowing minds in the Pacific Northwest for years now. Jones’ sparkling guitar chops and onstage showmanship (check out the video compilation below) are only part of the reason that he has attracted the attention of Seattle rock royalty like Duff McKagan and Mike McCready, who have tapped Jones for numerous collaborations and side projects.
GP is excited to share Jones’ rockin’ new record, Audio Paint Job, which was produced by Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Tuatara) and mixed by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Gits) and was released today on Sunyata Records. Get it while it's hot!
Ayron Jones on Ayron Jones
“I began teaching myself to play guitar when I was 13 years old. I would buy albums of greats like SRV, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Prine. For years and countless hours I'd sit in front of these old desktop computer speakers, while holding my blue Squire Affinity Stratocaster trying to copy every bend, pull-off, and hammer-on I could. Then one night I was watching PBS and they were showing an old taping of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, live from Austin City Limits. That night changed the course of my life forever.
“Soon after that night I went out and bought a book called Hal Leonard, The Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Signature Licks, and dived into the musical journey that help lead me to where I am today. Learning about SRV's style exposed me to an endless list of influences and techniques to choose from and apply to my playing. I also discovered a plethora of monster guitar players in the process but the biggest and most influential for me was Jimi Hendrix and the thumb-over hybrid grip.
“The reason I found this technique so attractive was because in this style I learn to play the chords and the solo at the same time, which intern changed the way conceptualized guitar playing. I started playing with pure feel and emotion; technique became the byproduct of expression. Plus if you want to be best, emulate the best. In my mind the two best guitar players to ever live were, Jimi Hendrix and Prince, who both just so happened to play using this very technique.”