JAWBONE. IS OVER-DRIVEN, 12 VOLT. ENHANCED. NON-OSCILLATING. SIX STRING. HARMONICANIZED. SLIDE-BLUES. HOLLER STOMPS. OF 2-HEADED DOGS. HANDS WITH 6 FINGERS. TOMBSTONE CHEVYS. JAPANESE ZEROES. HOLY. COCA-COLA. DONKEY OIL. THE GERMAN. FLU. DEATHBED REDEMPTION. RUSSIAN. COAL MINES. AMEN.
Jawbone is a one-man blues/garage/punk band based in Detroit, Michigan. His self-released, basement-recorded 2004 album ‘dang blues’ was discovered by legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who championed the cd on his national UK broadcast over a period of several weeks early in 2004.
A visit to London soon followed in April 2004 for a series of club gigs and a live session for Mr. Peel at Maida Vale studios. Jawbone was signed to London-based Loose Music in July 2004. A Jawbone cover version of Johnny Cash’s Sun Records classic ‘Get Rhythm’ was included in the October 2004 Mojo Magazine Johnny Cash tribute cd. The end of 2004 saw Jawbone return to the UK for another small tour, and 2 songs from ‘dang blues’ ending up in the top 20 of the annual Peel Festive 50 listener’s poll.
2005 included an appearance at SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, gigs in and around Detroit, and another UK tour, which included a set in a special Peel Tribute concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Jawbone’s second full-length album titled ‘Hauling’ was released in Spring of 2006 on Loose, and resulted in further touring throughout Ireland and the UK, and festival dates in Belgium and Italy in the summer of 2007. 3 songs from ‘Hauling’ were licensed for use by the 2007 PBS series ‘Roadtrip Nation’.
In 2009 Jawbone appeared on ‘Hiram and Huddie Vols. 1 & 2’ compilations (Hillgrassbluebilly Records). After another year or two of festivals Jawbone went into semi-retirement, making home recordings and playing local shows in the Detroit area.
In the summer of 2020 Jawbone began self-releasing a series of singles on a monthly schedule on various streaming platforms, stepping outside of strict one-man-band blues into folk, country, and other American roots music.