Born Bradley F. Jones in Ames, Iowa, he first became known after entering Guitar Player Magazine's International Reader's Soundpage Competition in 1988 on a whim. He submitted an original composition, titled Back Porch Boogie, as well as a cover of Salty Dog Blues, recorded using a reel-to-reel recorder and then transferred to cassette using a boombox. Jones came in first place out of nearly 900 entries. He went on to win the National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, Kansas in 1990.
In 1995, Jones became a spokesman for Godin guitars, playing a custom instrument he named "Pearl" for the mother of pearl inlay of his name on the neck. He toured often, earning the nicknames "Le Machine Gun" and "Pistola" for his fast playing style. That same style earned the notice of Chet Atkins, who described Buster by saying; "Buster B. Jones is the best fingerpicker I've heard since Jerry Reed... He plays like he's double parked."
"Buster B. Jones is the best fingerpicker I’ve heard since Jerry Reed. He plays like he’s double parked." – Chet Atkins
"Buster B. Jones is an acoustic player, a fingerpicker, a country flavored soloist, and he’s one of the finest players we've heard in years... His technique is only a means to an end. His true gifts are his melodic sense, innate musicianship, unfailing human, and brilliant improvisational powers. He can drive a tune with fluid rhythmic force or stroke it with sensuous, loving touch... He’s a monster player with chops galore, great ideas and an encyclopedic reservoir of guitaristic influences." – Guitar Player Magazine
The style of Jerry Reed is a unique blend of syncopated rhythms, banjo-style rolls and brilliant chord voicings that brings a new dimension to fingerstyle guitar. Walking bass-lines, chromatic runs, double-stops and counterpoint melodies are seamlessly joined by Jerry’s unique "claw" style right-hand technique which is essential to getting his sound. In this dvd lesson Buster B. Jones teaches you all the necessary elements to play like Jerry Reed.
Titles include: Reedology, The Claw, Jiffy Jam, Jerry’s Breakdown, Down Home, Papa’s Knee and Lord Mr. Ford
70 minutes • Level 3/4 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Great Songs!!! Buster makes it look easy, but trust me its not. There is some challenging material here especially Jerry's Breakdown. Don't know if I'll ever get that one up to speed. He breaks down the individual parts of each song and plays an up to speed version and a really slow version. I think Buster was a great player and teacher and his love and respect for Jerry Reed's music is evident. Unfortunately Buster is no longer with us but he left a few DVDs to teach us and I hope to try some of his other ones. This is probably for intermediate to advanced players, it might be a little difficult for beginners!!! – David S. Jones/Amazon Customer Review