Jon Amor is surely one of the finest song writing talents not to break into the mainstream of British music. Having already won much critical praise for his soulful, literate electric guitar work in the past, Amor’s talent for penning honest, well-crafted songs is reaching new heights as he steps out as a solo artist.
Jon ruled the British Blues scene in the late nineties as guitarist in ‘The Hoax’, a band that released four critically acclaimed albums, won numerous awards and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and North America before disbanding in 1999, with Amor keen to expand his horizons and create a fresh sound.
Re-inventing himself as a vocalist and front-man, Amor ushered in the new millennium with a new project. Shunning the Texas blues and long guitar breaks that he was known for, Jon penned a new batch of highly original songs, embraced modern sounds, samples and loops and formed the band ‘AMOR’, whose eponymous debut album set a fresh tone for the British blues/rock scene and inspired a whole new generation of bands.
The subsequent four years saw the band make appearances at Glastonbury festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and on the European ‘Rockpalast’ TV show. A second album followed, along with extensive UK and European tours, establishing Amor as a dynamic live performer in his own right, as well as enhancing his growing reputation as a skilled songwriter.Jon Amor’s new “Ball & Chain” EP sees another refocussing of musical emphasis. It’s to his immense credit that Amor has managed to transfer the intensity and power of his acclaimed electric guitar style to more semi acoustic musical frameworks, with similarly thrilling results.
Robert Plant gives his endorsement of Amor’s work with some trenchant harmonica work on the title track, and drummer Clive Deamer drives each song along in the same fashion he did with Portishead and Roni Size, among others. The EP bears Amor’s hallmarks of freshness and originality, which is a pleasing omen for the full album which Jon is currently close to completing (working title ‘Unknown Soldier’).“Rocks with an edgy energy…. With a rangy voice that slips into an easy falsetto” The Times
“Amor should be ruling the British rootsy rock roost”
“This music is so good!”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
New Cross Inn, New Cross, London, UK (JON AMOR BLUES GROUP Opening for MARCUS BONFANTI & PADDY MILNER)