After making the decision to become a solo artist in 1998 Sam Jones singer, songwriter & guitarist has written, recorded & performed almost constantly since. He played his debut solo gig as Sam Jones near to his hometown in Chester at Telfords Warehouse, a place that became Synonymous with testing the waters for a while. The set for the evening included the songs Did I Tell You? & Secret. Most remembered for founding Goth-garage outfit The Artists Rifles with whom it’s various line-ups has enabled Sam Jones to showcase his songs both as live performances & in the studio as a band or even ‘as though a band’ sometimes resorting to playing drums or bass himself on early drafts of songs. So who were Sam Jones & The Artists Rifles? Well there were two studio albums, ‘Shoot To Kill’ & ‘Cowboy Wicca’ both compiled from lose recording sessions which took place 1998-2000 the latter being an outtakes album from those tracks left over from the cherry picked tracks of the debut ‘official’ album including some acoustic demos & alternative mixes of tracks from ‘Shoot To Kill’. Sam Jones supplies the lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars. He also appears on bass guitar, drums & backing vocals on many of the recordings. Most of the tracks on both albums were recorded using tape (analogue). A mini-disc ‘Shoot To Kill’ spawned a CD single & 2 promo videos both directed by, edited by & featuring Sam Jones. Like most the bands which came later also fronted by Sam Jones they were somewhere between a solo project & a band, the difference with this one was that at most this umbrella was giving the image or impression of a band outfit as reflected in the name. It’s origins as a live band are rather vague & murky as to when they used the name for the first time & there were several over-lapping members & understudies. A consistent line up formed by accident in 2000 to play one show then reformed for another gig in 2001 then again for a string of gigs / mini-tour of Englandthat summer. The band played their last show under this title at The Limelight Club in Crewe, a mutual decision among band members to shorten the name & continue as a The Artists Rifles, a title which would out live the band into several completely new line ups bar their front man each time he relocated. There was of course some promotional pictures from 2 shoots, the first of Sam Jones which spawned the cover of the CD single & album & the second of the band. Live audio exists from their first concert at The Limelight Club & was issued as a DIY live album.

Sam Jones & The Artists Rifles – ‘Shoot To Kill’ album cover – ? 2000

Sam Jones & The Artists Rifles, ? UK – ? 2001

Sam Jones recording drums (for new Angry Town demos) during lockdown – Black Room Studios, Llandudno UK – January 2021

Sam Jones before performing at Wild Inn, West Kirby UK – March 2020 (a poignant shot walking into the distance, unaware this would remain his last show before lockdown)

Sam Jones performing at De Gele Poraa, Jette/Brussels BE – August 2009

Sam Jones feat. Zoe & Zara performing at Artliners, Berlin DE – November 2016

Sam Jones performing at Piwnica Kulturalna Spichlerz, Kwidzyn PL – January 2017

Sam Jones performing at Vinyl Klub, Ostrów Mazowiecka PL – November 2016

I have until recently been using two Yamaha instruments; a customised RGX-121D and a Pacifica 112VMX. The RGX has travelled with me through the years and served me well. Unfortunately due to frequent changes of tunings and playing outdoors in various weather conditions busking, I need to put it ‘out of service’. I used a Pacifica during the first incarnation of Angry Town in Poland. Over the years I’ve found them most suitable for my style and physique, especially the neck profiles. I’ve tried many different branded guitars and have come to realise I feel most comfortable and at my best performance ability when playing a Yamaha. The RGX and Pacifica (in natural finish) have been my main instruments for years and have become a trademark image, especially in photos. I definitely need a separate guitar for slide and I imagine having two very similar looking guitars for shows. I would probably benefit from two Pacifica guitars or perhaps another model which may be closer to an RGX. I do not have any current musical instrument endorsements. – Sam Jones

Sam Jones fronting Angry Town at Lizard King, Toruń PL – November 2017

SAM JONES TALKING ABOUT USING YAMAHA GUITARS

CITIES PLAYED WOKING, PRAGUE, NAMUR, BRIELLE, CREWE, BERLIN, CONWY, POZNAŃ, LLANDUDNO, KRAKÓW, BRIGHTON, PARIS, MALBORK, LONDON, CHESTER, BORDEAUX, OSWESTRY, LIVERPOOL, WROCŁAW, ANTWERP, TORUŃ, WHITBY, OSTRAVA, KWIDZYN, BRUSSELS, ANGOULÊME, SCARBOROUGH, BYDGOSZCZ, HULL, DUBLIN, WEST KIRBY & BRNO NOTABLE VENUES PLAYED 12 BAR CLUB (LONDON), RHYTHM FACTORY (LONDON), HARD ROCK CAFE (DUBLIN), HOPE & ANCHOR (LONDON), UPSTAIRS AT THE GARGE (LONDON), LIZARD KING (TORUŃ), BULL & GATE (LONDON), HARD ROCK CAFE (ANTWERP), DUBLIN CASTLE (LONDON), HARD ROCK PUB PAMELA (TORUŃ)