A man of many talents,
Jan Jonsson. For a long time known to me primarily as an eminent surgeon
of ailing vintage tube amps. In his role as a musician I met him for the
first time at the Tuesday blues & roots nights at the Jameson's Pub
in Gothenburg. One of those 'Ruby Tuesdays': A long row of sorely missed
music evenings masterminded by the enthusiast Matteo Kopach.
At that time (February 2006) Jan was gigging with the band Vintage
Vibe. He opened up forcefully on his trusty pedal steel but sometimes
traded it for a Fender Nocaster during the gig. He was just as impressive
on both these beautiful instruments, be it blues, country or rock. Or
- probably - a mixture of all three genres. I remember I was particularly
impressed by his pedal steel playing on the Don Nix classic "Same
Old Blues" where his steel and pedals produced a most sophisticated
mixture of country colourings and Les Paul stylings. Transgressing borders
in an extremely cool and musical manner. And yes, 'transgressing musical
borders', that seems to be what this gifted musician is all about.
Since that evening I am happy to report I have caught him many a night
on stage: playing in different genres but always armed with his beautiful
the post-Vintage Vibe outfit: Steel 'n Blues.
Not only well known on the Gothenburg blues circuit but also from their
performance at the prime Swedish blues festival: Åmål's Blues
the superb Telecaster player from Texas, legendary Redd
the cool retro band The Western Toneflyers.
From Jan's arrival onwards the band's repertoire has veered more and more
towards western swing.
the role of Most Applauded Guest Player at the jazz guitar player Rolf
Jardemark's monthly jam sessions labelled
"Club Guitarland" at the music bar KoM in Gothenburg.
soon I will experience the Flat Five Society!)
And now a debut album in his own name. Do I dare write 'transgressing
musical borders' yet again? However you label it, this CD is a beautiful
piece of work. And a true labour of love. Making it very difficult for
me to avoid superlatives.