Hudson, Wisconsin native "Jambo" Joe Bones plays a mix
of familiar pop-rock, classic country and Jimmy Buffett music at
his solo-acoustic shows, and also occasionally performs "All-Buffett"
Tribute shows. His evolving catalogue of original material is in
the tradition of the singer/songwriter of the 70s, where songs are
stories of real people, places and experiences, lying somewhere
between the lines of fact and fiction.
Jambo says "I play wine bars, honky tonks, on patios and for
Parrotheads, so there is a little something for everyone at my shows.
And often by the end of the night, it's one big sing-along... just
the way I like it."
Jambo's CDs of all-original material are currently available.
Ordering info here.
"Jambo" Joe Bones looks and sounds like he stepped off
a '70s Jimmy Buffett album cover with nothing but an acoustic guitar,
a backpack full of lyric-based songs and an eye out for the nearest
waterfront bar or roadside honky-tonk.
His set list reflects an appreciation for classic singer-songwriters
in the acoustic vein and a willingness to go beyond the catalog
of greatest hits. His wide-ranging catalog of Buffett covers includes
the obligatory "Songs You Know By Heart," but also features
dozens of lesser-known classics dating back to the days of vinyl.
Along the way, Jambo sprinkles in a liberal sampling of the likes
of Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider and Guy Clark; stirs in a little
Warren Zevon and Barenaked Ladies; adds a dash of John Prine or
Johnny Cash; and serves it all up with a side of well-crafted originals.
Although his "Joe Bones" persona conjures up images of
a beachfront bar (which is not always easy to do in northern Wisconsin),
he's actually much closer to what Steve Earle would call a "hardcore
troubador." That's not a bad thing.
"Hey Joe, mind if I pull up a bar stool and just listen for
I received an e-mail from a guy named "Jambo" one day
asking me to come and see him play at a beach party. Well, a few
of us showed up, and there, sitting on a bar stool, is this person
who might as well have jumped off the cover of the "White Sport
Coat" album, playing "A Pirate Looks At 40."
We bellied up to the bar, ordered a round and sat there in awe
listening to this 1970’s Buffett look-a-like play all our
early Buffett favorites, and some of our new ones as well. Our Club
has enjoyed his music for a couple of years now and many of us travel
to his various gigs just to sit and listen and sometimes even get
up and sing with him.
The repertoire of "Jambo" Joe Bones is ever-expanding.
Not only are his covers fabulous, he has a growing list of original
works. Whether you are looking for a throwback beach party or a
quiet evening at a wine bar, Jambo has you covered.
Dear “ Jambo” Joe,
It was great to have you entertain our members at the 2008 Wisconsin
Builders Association convention, Passport to Paradise. We
appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to travel to
Eau Claire for this event. The members had fun watching and listening
to your music. Nice job! Thanks so much for your help to make our
convention so special for our members in attendance.