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About Reverend Jones:
Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor, and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs.
For more than thirty years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches, and civil rights organizations. 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."
Jeff McErlain is one of the rare musicians who can teach as well as he plays. This is borne out by Jeff being one of the most in demand guitar instructors as well as performing and recording with Robben Ford.
Jeffs unique curriculum and method of teaching is perfect for the player who has been working at the guitar for a while but wants to go to the next level. Jeff has a straight forward and easy rapport with his students, he breaks things down so they can be easily understood, applied, and most importantly, made fun.
Music is a language and learning it can be approached in much the same way one would learn to speak a new language. Jeffs years of experience has helped him develop a three point teaching approach. It consists of Vocabulary, Repertoire, and Practical Fingerboard Knowledge. This three point method gives the student a clear path to learning and playing the blues and blues rock. This approach has also earned him a loyal base of students. Jeff is also one of TrueFires popular instructors with over 30 courses under his belt.
Jeffs latest CD NOW features Robben Ford on all tracks. Robben also produced the cd. Robben chose Jeff to launch his new label. Jeff subsequently toured as a member of Robbens band performing both of their music. He has performed with Jimmy Haslip, Toss Panos, Keith Carlock, Matt Schofield, David Grissom, and others.
Jeff has toured with many bands thought out the US, Europe, and Asia. Jeff recently performed at the Umbria Blues Festival with Josh Smith and Ariel Posen.
Jeff has been teaching with Robben Ford in his traveling Guitar Dojo for 5 years, the Crown Guitar Festival, Ruby Mountain Guitar Festival, The National Guitar Workshop and private clinics. Jeff was also the guitar instructor and musical consultant for the movie August Rush (you can also see him in the beginning of the movie as a young Robin Williams).
Jeff has written for Guiana World, Guitar Player, and Premier Guitar and studied Berklee College of Music.
A lover of gear Jeff endorses Two-Rock Amplifiers, Michael Tuttle Guitars, Collings Guitars, DAdarrio strings, Universal Audio, and ThroBak pickups.
Jeffs website is jeffmcerlain.com