Tutu Jones (born September 9, 1966) is an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has cited Freddie King and Z. Z. Hill as influences on his playing style. Since 1994, Jones has released five albums.
John Jones Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of a Dallas-based R&B guitarist, Johnny B. Jones. Through his father's work, he was introduced to house guests such as Freddie King, L. C. Clark, Ernie Johnson and Little Joe Blue. Jones began playing the guitar by the age of five, by which time he had acquired his nickname Tutu from his father.
Meanwhile, working on his own guitar playing, by 1989 Jones had moved on to fronting his own bands. This in led to the recording of his debut album, I'm For Real, on JSP Records in 1994. It was nominated for a W. C. Handy Award.Blues Texas Soul followed two years later, and Staying Power in 1998.
A live album, Tutu Jones Live, was issued in 2005 by Doc Blues Records. A journalist at the Austin Chronicle then stated, "bluesmen are traditionalists, but Jones learns how to mesh soulful wails with syrupy blues that are as sweaty live as they are in quiet studios."