Seth Lee Jones on the reinvention of electric blues and why he took guitar building into his own hands

Seth Lee Jones
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Seth Lee Jones knows the world doesn’t need another take on Born Under a Bad Sign. Ditto with The Thrill Is Gone, Crossroads or Little Red Rooster. Great songs, all: a tune doesn’t become known as a standard for nothing. 

The problem with blues standards, though, is they get covered and re-interpreted over and over, to the point there’s no fresh take to be offered. Odds are, the Rolling Stones would’ve beat you to it by half a century. That’s why the Tulsa-bred singer and guitarist dipped deep into the well for Flathead, the debut studio album by his eponymous trio.

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.