Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and has been playing guitar since age 7. The one person who had the most profound influence on Steve was the late Ervin Ollila (known to most as Heinie). It was from Heinie that Steve learned the styles of Merle Travis & Chet Atkins. It was also he who instilled in Steve the feeling of music and not just mechanics. The two played together at …establishments and special events throughout the U.P. until 1998 New Years Day, when Heinie passed away.

In 2004 Steve entered a national guitar competition sponsored by Guitar Center and won first place for the East Coast Regional Finals at The House of Blues in Cambridge, MA. Following this he flew to Las Vegas where he took runner up in the national competition at The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, opening for Cheap Trick.

Steve played through 2010 in Connecticut with Swing 39, a gypsy jazz/classic swing band which included great rhythm guitarist Bill Lezotte, and bass player Dave “Bobo” Lavorgna. In December of that year he decided to move back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and continue playing and teaching music there. Today he has joined forces with Bob Hiltunen and Scott McIntosh to form The Garden City Hot Club. Together they are forging their unique sound together, and are kicking off a Midwest/East Coast tour July 25th with their CD release party at The Orpheum Theatre in Hancock.


1989/90: Steve & Heinie “The Early Years”
2000: Steve Jones & Rob Fritz “Live at The Hut”
2000: On The Fritz “Live at The Michigan House”
2001: Fat Cow “Live at The Library”
2003: Steve Jones “Other Places, Other Times, Other Things”
2004: Swing 39 “Live at The River Run”
2005: Steve Jones “Two Guitars”
2006: Swing 39 “Live From Where”
2012: The Garden City Hot Club “Live at Root Notes”