TRAVIS JONES; Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Acoustic and Electric guitars
Travis’ musical background and history reads like a William Faulkner novel. He began singing gospel music at age four with his mother Lottie Mae Adams, a blues singer who recorded several discs on Paula Records. Travis became known not only for his vocal abilities but also for his telling of old testament bible stories at revivals and tent meetings all across the south. He started his first group at sixteen – a Paul Revere and the Raiders tribute band. Travis served 6 years in the US Army; he was stationed in Europe where he performed with the soul and funk band Smoke, which eventually became the back up band for the famous R&B group The Manhattans (“Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye”) during their 1978 European tour. Upon leaving the armed forces, Europe, and Smoke, Travis made his way to Sonora California. There, he started several groups -among them, Yukon, Too Close for Comfort, The Sonora All Star Rock Rhythm and Blues Revue and Travis Jones and the New Frontier. He has also spent considerable time in live theater productions - most notably, Lost Highway- the Legend and Music of Hank Williams, where he played the part of Hank Williams and was Musical Director. Jesus Christ Superstar, Vocal Director and played the part of Jesus. Pump Boys and Dinettes, 3 Penny Opera, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Smoke on the Mountain, and The Grapes of Wrath where he composed an original musical score.
During his time in California, he has performed with a wide array of artists. He’s shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel and Waylon Jennings – Night Ranger and the Doobie Brothers - John Hartford and Levon Helm, just to name a few. Travis has been the opening act (with Houston Jones) for Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphy, Maria Muldaur, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Green Cards. He has recorded with various artists, as well as releasing two self titled albums – “Lost Highway, The Legendary Music of Hank Williams” and “Dance All Night” – along with seven CD releases with Houston Jones.
Keyboards, Lead and Background Vocals, Percussion
Henry Salvia was born a dim-witted but honest child in the Cagolugo section of Detroit. As a child, he threatened his parents with becoming a drummer until he discovered that the piano was larger and heavier, so naturally he began to play it. After a long and undistinguished career performing in luxurious hotels and corner dives throughout the Metropolitan area, he decided to move to Los Angeles to expand his opportunities, and wound up in San Francisco. Several years of playing rock and Top 40 in Detroit was ideal training for his role in the Billy Band, who played both kinds of music (country and western). After being replaced by a pedal steel guitar (though no one in the Billy Band played it, it looked better on stage than Henry), he moved to a roots rock band called the Hurricanes, where he was surprised to discover his wife singing for the band. So, he married her. It seemed the honorable thing to do.
All of this experience playing rock and country made him the logical selection as the piano player for the Johnny Nocturne band, who specialize in R&B, soul, and jazz. Henry's frenetic yet lyrical style (described by bandleader John Firmin as "a cross between Carmen Cavallero and Cecil Taylor") is featured on several of their albums. Henry has had the honor of working with such artists as Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Colla (of Huey Lewis and the News), Big Jay McNeeley, Jessica Mitford, Tommy Ridgely, Al Kooper, Peter Coyote, Big Lou the Accordion Princess, Jan Fanucci, and (his favorite) Johnny Adams. He has been a member of Houston Jones since 2005.
Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Rolling Stone Magazine described Peter as "one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in rock music." Originally from Massachusetts, Peter's eclectic pro career began in the early 60's working with the Boston-based band The Monks featuring Brad Delp (who later became lead singer for the rock group Boston.) Peter also recorded in New York with Tim Hardin and worked with Richie Havens, Austin Delone, Grungy O'Muck and others. Peter has also worked with the ground-breaking rock band Guns and Butter, recording two albums on Atlantic Records. Later, on the West Coast, Peter played with the R&B band Pacific Gas and Electric and with Declan Mulligan and The Beau Brummels, with whom he put out the Vince Welnick-produced single, "Back To Life." Peter has continued to play folk, jazz, country, blues and rock with many Bay Area Bands such as Large and in the Way, The Ray Price Club, Celtic Scandal, The Ron Price Band, The Lost River Band, The Gary Gates Band, Dallas Wayne, and most recently, The Waybacks, The Cowlicks, and of course, Houston Jones. Peter is a session drummer too, in many Bay Area recording studios, and especially for local music entrepreneur Kathi Goldmark where he has recorded with Warren Zevon, Skunk Baxter and authors Amy Tan, Steven King, and Norman Mailer.
Upright and Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Percussion
Born and raised in Bloomfield, CT, Joshua studied classical composition, jazz performance and ethnomusicology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before moving west in 1994. A seasoned upright and electric bassist/vocalist comfortable with most any musical genre, Joshua co-founded the Zucker Family Band and works or has worked with The Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Houston Jones, Dear John Love Renee featuring Renee Harcourt of Blame Sally, The Go To Hell Man Clan, Stevie Coyle, Cormack & Ross featuring Tom Ross, Jerry Hannan, Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke, Cole Tate, Crowsong featuring Randy Clark, Kenni & Co., Caren Armstrong, David Gans, David Thom, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield, Dore Coller, Tim Weed, Andrew Freeman and countless others.
The Extended Gang Members
Lead Guitar, Lead and supporting vocals.
Mark Karan has played guitar and sung for a number of different artists, including Dave Mason, Huey Lewis, Paul Carrack, Delaney Bramlett, Sophie B. Hawkins, and The Rembrandts. From 1986-1989 he was the guitarist and co-producer for the band Slings & Arrows which included Daniel Levitin on bass. In 1998 he was selected to fill Jerry Garcia's slot in The Other Ones, a band featuring former members of the Grateful Dead. He played with the Other Ones on their 1998 and 2000 tours, and recorded on their only album in 1999. He has also played with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. In 1998, Karan joined RatDog, a band led by Grateful Dead alumnus Bob Weir. Karan was part of the RatDog lineup for most of the next 13 years. He also records or composes a wide variety of music for film, television, and music libraries. His contributions to TV alone can currently be heard on over 15 networks and internationally in over 25 countries. On June 30, 2009, Karan released his debut album Walk Through the Fire to critical acclaim. It features Delaney Bramlett, Billy Payne, Mike Finnigan, Pete Sears, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson, The Persuasions, The Rowan Brothers, and many more. The Jones Gang is THRILLED to have Mark playing with us!
Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel, Dobro.
David Phillips has travelled a long way straight from the Georgia woods to the San Francisco Symphony, with stops at Dick’s Tower in Brisbane playing with Johnny Paycheck to festivals with Peter Rowan. He’s played with rockers such as James Hetfield from Metallica and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, to unclassifiable artists like Les Claypool and Tom Waits. He currently divides his time between being the musical director for the Patsy Cline tribute show Always Patsy and performing with Chris Kee and Jane Selkye in The Springhouse. David is a fluid master of pedal steel, lap steel, dobro and good old 6-string guitar. David has performed with Houston Jones and now The Jones Gang! Don't miss an opportunity to hear him when he's on the bill with us - and check out the schedule for dates with both David Phillips AND Mark Karan!
Lead Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
A consummate instrumentalist, Sean's playing is spectacular and dazzling! A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, his skills are much in demand by artists ranging from Commander Cody to Carlene Carter among others. The Jones Gang is excited to have Sean perform with us when he's available. For a taste of his playing, check out his youtube video with Commander Cody featuring Bill Kirchen and Bobby Black!
Upright and Electric Bass, Vocals
Mike began his illustrious career as a guitar player at the age of 12. As it goes with many bass players, his first band had too many guitar players and zero bass players, so Mike volunteered. He has been laying down the bottom ever since. In 1997 he formed a band called Big Blue Hearts that recorded a CD on Geffen Records, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Following a European tour and opening for Joe Walsh, The Big Blue Hearts cut some tracks produced by Roy Thomas Baker (of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" fame) before breaking up. Mike has toured Europe and America, opening for Boz Scaggs, Lyle Lovett, Lisa Loeb, Dave Alvin, The Blasters, Robert Earl Keen, and Chris Isaak. In the process he has become quite the expert on backstage cuisine. He can be heard in and around the Bay Area with several great groups including The Cowlicks and 77 El Deoro featuring Maurice Tani. Come check him out when he's on TJG schedule.
Electric Bass, Vocals
Scott Beynon has been performing regularly on Bay Area stages since the mid 1970's. From his early days at the Keystone in Berkeley to his current role in the popular AKB&C band he continues to shine as a bassist, vocalist, and acoustic guitar player. Scott has history with some of TJG having performed with Peter Tucker, Henry Salvia and Mark Karan. He's a wonderful addition to The Gang. Check him out on upcoming Jones Gang gigs....