Seattle band in running to bring the blues to The BossApril 12, 2012 @ 3:17 pm (Updated: 9:28 am - 4/13/12 )
"When we play, we definitely want to bring this sense of old school gospel and soul into our music, and you start to hear that sound and it's like you're back in church. So we want to embody that kind of soul and spirit of all that is blues," Jones says.
That spirit inspired him to enter his band Ayron Jones and the Way into the international battle of the bands "Hard Rock Rising."
In a competition dominated by more trendy types of music, Jones' unique channeling of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and the like stood out. The band beat out 11 others to take the Seattle regional, and the chance to represent the entire Northwest in the global competition.
"It definitely wasn't easy for us. There were some really, really talented bands," he says.
Now it gets even harder. Eighty-six bands from around the world are now vying for the top prize: A chance to open for Bruce Springsteen at London's Hyde Park in front of tens of thousands of people.
"It definitely is a dream gig for us. I wouldn't even call it a dream gig. It's part of our dream."
But the dream won't come easily. The winner will be chosen in part by online balloting, and the band is trailing in the voting.
So Ayron Jones and the Way are doing all they can to get their music out around town, playing everywhere and anywhere they can, often for free.
"We're at a Guitar Center, we got Lucid Jazz Lounge, we're going to be at the Vera Project Sunday, the Hard Rock. We're just going to be just about everywhere, so we're working hard right now."
And whether or not the band wins the coveted slot opening for The Boss, Jones says he's on a bigger mission.
"We really want to represent Seattle in everything that we do. And I really want people just to understand we're coming from a place that is pure heart and soul, but it's Seattle Soul."
-Josh Kerns/Seattle Sounds co-host
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