Jonathon "Boogie" Long: The Pete Anderson Sessions - Guitar Center's 2011 King of the Blues Winner Announces First EP Release

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Jonathon "Boogie" Long Releases Three Original Blues Tunes, "Bad Karma," "The Dealer" and "Do Right Woman."

Jonathon “Boogie” Long, this years’ winner of Guitar Center’s King of the Blues competition, is pleased to announce the release of his first EP, Jonathon “Boogie” Long:The Pete Anderson Sessions. The three original songs were produced at Little Dog Records’ Studio by Grammy Award winning producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The recording and mixing time were a part of “Boogie’s” prize package for winning the fifth annual nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player.

The three cuts are “Bad Karma,” a punchy blues tune, “The Dealer,” a powerful ballad and “Do Right Woman” a groove to song. The band was Jesper Kristensen on drums, Mike Murphy on keyboards (REO Speedwagon’s “Ridin’ the Storm Out” vocalist) and Peter Freiberger on bass. The songs were Executive Produced by Pete Anderson, Engineered by Tony Rambo and Mixed by Sally Browder. The EP is now available on iTunes.

“Everything fell together in the sessions,” comments Jonathon. “It was like building a cake. I knew from the moment I walked in that everything was going to be really solid,” he continues. “After Pete helped me pick out the songs for the production, all I had to do was play and sing the blues,” he notes. “Feeling it in the moment is the blues and then you have to cry it out and that’s what happened in the studio,” he concludes.

Scheduled for next year, upcoming live concert performances include the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, February 4, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival on Saturday, April 14, and the Jammin’ JC Blues and BBQ Festival in Junction City, Kansas on Saturday, September 29. Recently he appeared with Luther Kent and Trick Bag at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans on October 16, at Baton Rouge’s International Heritage Celebration on October 23 and at the Baton Rouge State Fair on October 31. He also regularly appears, on Tuesday’s with his blues/soul trio The Blues Revolution with Zach Matchett on bass and Chad Solomon on drums at the Big Heads Tavern in Baton Rouge.

Jonathon “Boogie” Long describes himself as being born with the blues coursing through his veins. The Baton Rouge native started playing Gospel songs on guitar at the tender age of six, a natural thing as he was raised in a Southern Baptist community. By age eight he was taking lessons and at twelve, he was playing regularly in local blues clubs and at events. He got out of school at fourteen and toured fulltime, playing bass, with Henry Turner, Jr. and Flavor, from 2003 to 2005 on the Louisiana Legends Tour. Additional tours include Chris Duarte, Kenne Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit, as well as 2Hipnotic on the college circuit.
He has performed, for the last four years at Jazzfest with Luther Kent and Trick Bag and has shared the stage with luminaries that include Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Monte Montgomery and Lou Marini and Steve Howard of the Blues Brothers Band, among others.

The Guitar Center’s King of the Blues finals were held on September 1, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Jonathan and five other finalists were selected from 4,000 entrants. The panel of judges for the live performances included Mick Mars of Motley Crue; band leader and musical director for “Conan” Jimmy Vivino; Brad Tolinsk, Editor and Chief of Guitar World Magazine; Randy Scott, last years’ winner; blues rock singers and guitarists Tyler Bryant and Joe Bonamassa; and Pete Anderson.    

Prizes included $25,000 in cash, the aforementioned studio session with Pete Anderson, a Gibson Vintage Collectors Series Les Paul 1959 Reissue guitar, an Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino guitar, Egnater Full Stack and 112 Combo Amp, Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor, winner’s choice of two Boss Single Stomp Pedals, the Robert Johnson Complete Masters Centennial Edition Vinyl Box Set, Endorsement Deals with Gibson, Ernie Ball, Boss and Egnater and a feature article in Guitar World Magazine, which will be on the stands on November 7th.

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