Jon Justice was born in the Chicago-land area in 1982. His first formal music experiences came as a teen touring nationally with Bluegrass and Gospel groups. In 1999 he acted upon the visceral effect such music had on him and moved to Memphis seeking to be among those who shared the same deeply felt music sensibilities.
Using that musically rich city as inspiration, Justice joined with veteran pianist Steven Bowens (Percy Sledge, Exile), to form The Recipe. They toured together between 2000 and 2003, performing hundreds of shows and turning thousands onto the emerging sounds of Jon Justice.
Developing his sound and experience on the road, Justice took it to the studio in 2004. He joined forces with Phillip Wolfe, producer of artists such as Alabama, Trick Pony, and Dickey Betts, and Memphis Horn Wayne Jackson, contributor to the outstanding music of Otis Redding, Elvis, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, and Aretha Franklin. This partnership lead to the well-received debut album, Forget About Time.
With the 2004 release of the surprisingly diverse and delightful Forget About Time, Justice began to pave his own career path, forming the Jon Justice band. From coast to coast, town to town, the JJB toured non-stop. Along the way the band opened shows for acts such as Indigenous, Ten Years After, Joe Bonamassa, Silvertide, Tinsley Ellis, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Johnny A, Watermelon Slim, Popa Chubby, Anthony Gomes, Guitar Shorty, and Walter Trout. Jon has also shared bills with music luminaries Buddy Guy, Johnny Johnson, Jimmy Thackery, Pinetop Perkins, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds to name just a few. Justice has performed at some of the country’s top festivals over the past few years including The Cincy Blues Festival, King Biscuit, Bean Blossom, Blues at the Crossroads, St. Mary’s Blues Fest, Blue Bonnet, Turfway Park Blues & BBQ Festival, and the Fraze Blues Festival.
In January 2008, with his road-tested, rock-solid, touring band, Justice hit the studio once again. And this time, he did it his way. Justice wrote, arranged and co-produced all of the 14 tracks that make up his sophomore release, The Rebound. “The fewer cooks in the kitchen, the better the food,” Justice says. “I wanted to be as hands-on as possible and I believe it comes through on this record.”
His new release, The Rebound, (Independent, May 27, 2008), is jam-packed full of original swamp-driven blues anthems, searing slide guitar, and sweet soul ballads Justice is becoming known for. The Rebound evokes influences from 50’s blues icons, 60’s soul kings, and 70’s funk titans. However, at the end of the day, 14 tracks and 70 something minutes later, this album is all Jon Justice!
The Rebound, named for a girlfriend’s friend’s nickname for him, takes on a grittier, more organic approach than his debut. With lyrically honest, intimate songs that recall private moments shared between individuals, snippets of political commentary, and a band from hell (actually Cincinnati), The Rebound is a blues/soul force to be reckoned with.
Possessing a soulfulness that belies his youth, Justice is constantly exploring musical influences and expanding his repertoire. The “Jon Justice sound” is always pushing outward towards fresh expression, reverberating as it does with Justice’s singular take on events of the day and building innovatively on the bedrock of the pioneers that came before him. “Write what you know, play what you feel. That’s what I try to bring to the table,” Justice says. “I don’t know any other way.”
Justice was recently cited as Best of Cincinnati 2008 Blues Singer/Slinger by City Beat Magazine and also won the Cincinnati Blues Challenge, representing the Queen City at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis earlier this year. In 2007 Justice was nominated for three Cincinnati Entertainment Awards – Best Blues Artist, Best Live Act, and Best Up and Coming Artist. He also appeared in a Bootsy Collins’ (James Brown, Parliament Funk, George Clinton) video “Bengal Rock” that was played at the stadium before each Bengal’s home game.
In support of The Rebound, Justice and his band will be touring extensively this summer. Traveling west to California and south to Cocoa Beach, FL and Austin, TX with many stops in between. An East Coast tour is planned for the fall/winter months to wrap up 2008. To find Jon Justice in a city near you, please visit www.jonjustice.com
Jon Justice on Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/jonjusticeband
Upcoming Jon Justice shows:
Jun 22, 2008 3:30 PM Fraze Blues Festival w/ Joe Bonamassa Kettering, OH
Jun 27, 2008 10:00 PM Jasper’s w/ Justin Conn Cincinnati, OH
Jun 28, 2008 10:00 PM Mansion Hill Tavern w/ Justin Conn Newport, KY
Jul 7, 2008 8:00 PM Flying Mango Des Moines, IA
Jul 10, 2008 10:00 PM The Broken Wing Hollister, CA
Jul 11, 2008 3:00 PM Hollister Motorcycle Rally Hollister, CA
Jul 12, 2008 3:00 PM Hollister Motorcyle Rally Hollister, CA
Jul 12, 2008 9:00 PM Maverick Santa Maria, CA
Jul 13, 2008 3:00 PM Hollister Motorcycle Rally Hollister, CA
Jul 17, 2008 12:00 PM Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar Louisville, KY
Jul 18, 2008 10:00 PM Marietta Brewing Company Marietta, OH
Jul 19, 2008 1:00 PM Rock-N-Resort Festival North Lawerence, OH
Jul 25, 2008 9:00 PM Spikes Beach Bar Warsaw, IN
Jul 26, 2008 9:00 PM Molly Malone’s Covington, KY
Jul 31, 2008 9:00 PM Brackins Maryville, TN
“These guys will go someplace, if there’s any justice in the world.” – Watermelon Slim, 2008 Blues Music Award winner
“Justice is a fine guitar player and vocalist and his original music has a lot of energy and style with wonderful hooks throughout. Give Jon Justice a listen and I think you’ll be very pleased with what you hear!” – Brett Fleming, WEVL Memphis
“Listening to Jon Justice on The Rebound is like listening to the best of Delbert McClinton and Jonny Langrolled into one, with a little Lucky Spaulding added in. Congrats Jon!” – Bill Hulsizer, Founder, Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation
“The kid can flat-out play!” – Buddy Guy
“I have a strong feeling that The Rebound will cause Jon to get picked up by someone major. It might be the Cincinnati police, but at least his name will be in the paper. I can hear the cop telling him, “Son, it’s about your record.”” – Phillip Wolfe, producer of The Rebound
“Jon is such a talented kid with such a bright future. The live shows are just great!” – Wayne Jackson, The Memphis Horns