Get Down Jones, an eclectic and versatile 7-member band founded in 2007 in Southeast Portland, plays scorching, steaming, authentic blues—including some jaw-dropping Howling Wolf songs -- to growing legions of regional fans.
GDJ might not even be in existence today were it not for a judge's decision to sentence a troubled teenager to perform community service at the Oregon Food Bank during one of the early Waterfront Blues Festivals.
That's when he first heard Chicago blues legends Jimmie Rogers, long-time guitarist for the Muddy Waters Band, and Hubert Sumlin, Howling Wolf's lead guitarist. “Man, I was instantly hooked! That turned out to be a huge turning point for me.” said Murin, up until then, Murnin didn't find older music relevant, but the blues spoke clearly to him.