Jawbone is the new collaboration between Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan & Evan Jenkins.
Paddy Milner is recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world, but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. As a kid growing up in rural Dorset, UK, Milner began his career playing local pubs from a very young age (much younger than the legal age of entry!). He absorbed blues & boogie like a sponge, which will always remain a fundamental part of his music, but also spent a lot of time exploring jazz, classical music and playing in his father’s folk band. Later on, he was to learn from the masters including dueting with the legendary Jonnie Johnson and learning from Jon Cleary in New Orleans. Milner fondly remembers his father introducing him to the music of the likes of Jack Bruce, with whom Milner now regularly tours with.
Milner was soon touring and learning his craft with visiting American blues artists and the best of British. Then in 2000 at the age of 19, he burst on to the scene in his own right with his debut album ’21st Century Boogie’. The album rapidly garnered international accolades within the blues world and beyond. It showcased his knowledge and respect for the blues tradition while introducing his originality. His contribution to a BBC Radio 2 session, earned him a nomination for a Sony Award.
From the first note of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” sixteen-year-old Marcus Bonfanti knew he wanted to be a guitar player. After spending his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working 12 hours a day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost 10 years Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London.
His 2008 debut album, ‘Hard Times,’ set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard. 2010’s ‘What Good Am I To You’ (Listed in Classic Rock Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2010 & Single ‘Give Me Your Cash’ top 40 songs of 2010) made good on all those promises. The critical acclaim that both albums received earned him the 2012 British Blues Award for Best Songwriter. He was also invited by Paul Jones to perform at his 25th Year anniversary show at BBC Maida Vale Studios and as special guest at his legendary Cranleigh Arts Centre Christmas gig.