A 30+-year devotee of the so-called "American Primitive" school of acoustic steel string guitarists, Glenn Jones has been playing guitar since the age of 14. He formed Boston pysch-rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989 and led it on its 20 year journey to nowhere, leaving nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki.
In 2004 Jones complemented the release of his first album of acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar instrumentals, This Is the Wind That Blows It Out, with a month-long tour of Europe and the UK with guitarist extraordinaire, Jack Rose. Against Which the Sea Continually Beats followed in 2007. Recorded on Martha's Vineyard, the album runs the gamut from the Delta to Appalachia, from bastard classical to cinematic soundscapes. Graceful, subtle, resonating with confidence and power, the album was seen as a significant addition to the "guitar soli" cannon.
Barbecue Bob in Fishtown followed in 2009. Selected by Wire magazine as one of the best 50 albums of the year ("masterpiece"), it saw Jones' focused mainly on the 12-string guitar and introduced the banjo to his arsenal. The Wanting was released as a single CD and double LP in 2011 on the Thrill Jockey label, making several year end "best of" lists. Glenn's newest album is My Garden State (Thrill Jockey) which has garnered the best reviews of his career and made NPR's "Best Albums of 2013" list. He's also just completed a trio album with Chris Corsano and David Greenberger, slated for release in 2014.