According to local musician Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones, her band’s original songs are fairly autobiographical. Members of the community have a chance to get acquainted with them through their music – plus classic covers – at the Women of the Blues Festival next month.
“I am thrilled to be fronting the band for the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society Women of the Blues spring festival,” Goldenhar said. “Hopefully our listeners find themselves in all the music we share. We truly feel blessed to do what we do.”
Her band is known in the blues community as Jim Gustin and Truth Jones.
“Jim Gustin has been my musical partner in crime for almost 17 years,” she said.
Goldenhar has been singing for audiences since she was 2 years old, a preacher’s kid originally from Santa Clarita.
“I was raised in a musical family, and I started writing songs with my sister in junior high school,” she said.
She’s still with “family,” in a group with recordings and tours among their many experiences to date. And she’s always at home onstage, singing with a seasoned ensemble and sharing vocals with Gustin.
“We all have day jobs, so this is a labor of love,” Gustin said. “We can just play what we want to play and not worry about how much the gig pays. It gives us freedom to play what we want.”
Touring is a way for their music to reach as many people as possible.
“While we sing about a lot of painful things that people go through, we believe that because of our relationship with God that we have peace and comfort through that,” Gustin said.
The band is playing at the Women of the Blues Festival on May 12, 2018 as a pre-Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the Blues Society and Single Mothers Outreach. The festival will be held at Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita, at 3:30 p.m.
The Santa Clarita Gazette is a media sponsor for the concert and performers include Truth Jones, Kelly’s Lot, Bridgette Rios Purdy, Laurie Morvan Band and Teresa James. Tickets are $25, and $15 for SCV Blues Society members. Tickets are $30 at the gate.
For more information about the Women of the Blues event, visit SCVBlues.com. You can check out Truth Jones on the band’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jimgustinandtruthjones, and listen at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jimgustinandtruthjones.