Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.
When you couple authenticity with the talent of a truly exceptional nature: songwriting, storytelling, multi-instrumentalist, award winning educator, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music, including blues, spiritual, and slave songs ... its players and styles ... you get the Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. from Detroit, MI. Read more... Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture. A lifelong Detroiter, Rev. Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate. Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike."
" the best show we have had ....ever......ever......ever!" - Donna Swinney, Bevill State CC, Hamilton, AL
"Reverend Robert B. Jones is a remarkable performer. His grasp of the blues and gospel is astounding. His guitar playing and his singing are amazing. He works well with an audience to the point where even his sound check is riveting! [READ MORE]"- 2015, Mike Hill, Artistic Dir for the Mariopsa Folk Festival
"I am emailing to send a very BIG thank you to Rev. Robert Jones for his presentation to the Harlan community in Birmingham last month. The feedback that I’ve received from staff and students alike is tremendous. I’ve been told that it’s the most enjoyable presentation that teachers have seen…ever. Students are still recalling songs that they heard and information that Mr. Jones shared with them. "- Harlan Elem, Birmingham MIBSCC Hamilton Robert Jones Review (pdf for download) View/Download Artist Bio View/Download Robert's Resume View/Download Robert's Workshop & Storytelling Programs
- Robert's Website
- Educational Programs: Music That Matters: Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
- Robert's one man play...Leadbelly: An American Legend
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