Friday, March 22, 2019

UPDATE: New Shows

Hello everyone, the snow has broken and it looks like spring is finally here.

The John-Paul Jones Group has some updated shows.

Sat 7:30 PMby John-Paul Jones Group
Sat 6:30 PMby John-Paul Jones Group
Ottumwa, IA
Sat 2 PMby John-Paul Jones Group
Ottumwa, IA
Fri 7:30 PMby John-Paul Jones Group
Keosauqua, IA
Sat 4:30 PMby John-Paul Jones Group
Muscatine, IA
We are especially proud of the show we are putting together for the benefit of the Wapello County Sheriff Department's  Children's Shopping Program.  Which is similar to shopping with a cop programs across the country. They are always in need of funds to help kids in need, and the John-Paul Jones Group, Lexington Properties, and the Rhodes Family are doing their part to help bring awareness to this great organization.

Look for details as always at  or our Facebook Page

This is going to be a great event  Here is the event flyer below.

Again we want to thank all our supporters, and if you would like to support us even more please go to our website and sign our guestbook right on the first page.

Okay parting gift if you would like to listen to the John-Paul Jones Group our preferred method is on Reverbnation.   The John-Paul Jones Group has been doing well and thanks to each and every one of you, we are in the Top 40 of blues artists globally and nationally.

Thanks so much for all your support over the past 20 years.   Well we have some more shows in the works for you all and will keep you informed. Please subscribe to our mailing list.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Summer 2019 Setlist Has Been Set

Summer 2019 is going to be a fun season.  We have some special songs, both originals and some of my favorites from my influences to share with you.

Don't forget to check our calendar frequently as dates are being added as the confirmations come in.

Friday, March 8, 2019

March 2019 Update

Well folks, the snow has not left Iowa yet, and seems to keep coming.  H&J Entertainment is still booking us for the summer and the dates are filling up fast, if you are interested you need to give Heather a call at 5154620455 and get your date reserved.

We head into the studio in 10 days to record our next EP and to start pre-production on our summer concert series.

We are proud that we made it to the Top 40 this month on Reverbnation Global and National Blues Charts.   It just goes to show we are growing a fan base and you folks out there are the one's making it happen.

Here are few pictures of what's been going on.

So as we go into the beginning of our touring season we are happy to announce that we again are able to provide some charitable performances again this year.   We are still looking to fill a couple dates in August, one more date in September, and two dates in July.   So if you are interested in a great outdoor show don't hesitate to contact our management.

Thanks for all your support.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

February 2019 Update.

The business practices of the independent artist is very important.  Before the John-Paul Jones Group was even formed.  I wanted to make sure I understood the music business.   Jeri Goldstein's book,  "How To Be Your Own Booking Agent" 1st Edition, was the book of choice.  First edition of the book was the start of knowledge along with every reference Jeri recommended in the book. I have owned every edition including the current 4th edition.

I had the pleasure of being selected by Jeri to work on my business plans for the John-Paul Jones.  This was not a simple one day seminar, or phone call.  It was an intense 12 month relationship from August 2017 to August 2018.   Being a Midwestern Artist, I have learned the ins and outs of how the music industry here works, Jeri however brought a fresh new perspective.  

Several things that Jeri has helped me with in developing the business operations of the John-Paul Jones Group, was the fact that we have assets to offer event coordinators and talent buyers.   I learned how to best present our website.  As I write this blog post I have just improved the website even more.

Although I had goals for the John-Paul Jones Group in its 20 year history... Jeri helped me to focus on what is achievable and reasonable.   Even though her specialty is booking for independent artists.  Her knowledge, intuition, experience and perspective helped me to  really hone in on the markets that we can best benefit in.

The year long one-on-one mentorship would benefit any artist.   But beforewarned, if you want to get the most out of this training, you have to work hard and make progress each month on fine tuning you rmusic business operations.  Jeri helps to keep you from floundering.  She is always helpful via email. This training was worth every dollar, I spent on it.  Check out the programs she has to offer.  if you contact Jeri, let her know the John-Paul Jones Group sent you.

2019 is really shaping up to be a great year for the John-Paul Jones Group.  We are booking a lot of shows and we also have a great website up and running.  Check out our website. at    Hopefully more of you will subscribe to our newsletter.  We have nearly 4,000 followers on our Facebook Page.   We recently activated a Twtter account for the band so please feel free to follow us on Twitter.  We also started an Instagram Account.  So for any social media let us know as well what you like to use for social media.

Have a great day
John-Paul Jones Group

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Year In Review

It has been a busy but great year.  2018 saw us play many great shows.
Market On Main was a great place for us to play.
Pre-Riverfest Event was a great event as well.
Iowa State Fair we had a great time.
Being on of the Finalists in the Iowa Blues Challenge was an honor.
Jessica Peine Memorial Ride and Benefit.
We recorded all of our shows on DVD.
November saw the release of our own promotional DVD video.
December has been a busy month of planning for next year.  Look for us to be back out on the road 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2019.
We will be recording live on the road and new material will be released as it is mixed and available.  Plans are in the works to have a great season.
Jp would like to thank:
Heather Dawn - Merchandising
S&L Entertainment - Camera Crew
Tyler Hernandez - Production Assistant
John Jones III - Audio Tech
Brian Hearity - Sound Engineer
Wes Konrad - Sound Engineer
Steven Jones - Drums
Sally Henry - Bass
Jesse Price - Bass
It was a tough year but with support from our sponsors and partners we had a great year.  The John-Paul Jones Group would like to thank.
Donner Pedals
Galaxy Audio
Mixcraft Pro Software
Ibanez Guitars
Carvin Amplification
JetCity Amplification
We look forward to 2019.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Journal Entry June 2018

We have a new short video clip out of our performance last week in Ft. Madison Iowa at the Pre-RiverFest at Vinnie's Longbranch.  What a great crowd, great charity event.

We also received notice that we will be playing the Bud Light Stage at the Iowa State Fair.   We have been steadily recording songs for multiple up-coming EP's we will release over the winter for your listening pleasure as well as a series of DVD's.

I hope you will enjoy the rest of the summer and will come out and see the John-Paul Jones Group

If the if the video does not play for you just go here to listen to new music.

Sunday, April 29, 2018



As you may be aware of now,  the John-Paul Jones Group is a band that consists of a revolving door of musicians who contribute at one time or another to either live performance, rehearsals or recording sessions.

When working within the context of a studio, its important to understand the dynamic the self-produced solo artist has with schedules and musicians.  The first thing, to remember, NEVER ask your fellow musicians to play on your record for free in your studio... its something that should not happen unless you are all going to share in the expenses and profits of the project.

If its not in your budget to pay cash, then trade studio time or something tangible with them.  I personally live in an area that musicians are traditionally not paid for such activity.  Most of the musicians I know hold day jobs.  We are what I call "semi-pro"  meaning some of us make a partial living from playing music and some of us make zero living from it. 

So by utilizing the median income per hour in my area I came up with a rate that was caparable to the jobs in my area that are non-music.  Its just a mutual respect and way to show appreciation for those musicians who normally would of done it for free, but shouldn't.

The other aspect is remembering as the studio owner or leader of the project, your deadlines and plans for execution of your plans are yours to work with alone.  You have to make sure that you understand that YOU are in control of when music is released and in what form.  Many times when dealing with musicians who have not had a lot of experience in recording studios they are under the misunderstanding that once they are done with their part, they should get a copy of the take. 

That is not case and you should NEVER release any piece of recording until you have done all your due diligence registered the copyright, secured the license fee for cover tunes, mixed and mastered or whatever else needs to be done.  

Some musicians don't understand this, its your job as Producer to explain this to them.  But in my case I am releasing material for Eugene's Trick Bag Records.  Which is the label for this particular project I am working on.

Be diplomatic but firm, if you set a release date of Jan 1st, 2018 then don't give your drummer or bass player a copy on september 2nd 2017 and have it leaked.    

When you have a plan, as producer, the studio musicians you hire are only one part of the project and they will learn that you need to be consistent with your marketing efforts with your release dates, and with your distribution.  So that even though they spent an hour recording a tune, there are many  many more hours spent doing a lot more than just recording.

Its your job as band leader, label owner, studio owner, or producer to make this clear and concise.  Once you have music read for release do not undermine impact of the release of your material by giving it away online.  We will talk about social media and release of demos in a future TIP OF THE WEEK.