Photos by Robert Maxfield
The Annual Garland Sounds of Summer event was held June 16, 2023, at Garland Audubon Park Headlining the event was Wanda King Allstar Big Band Review and Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, a truly authentic Texas bluesman.
Wanda King, the daughter of the late blues Legend and master Freddie King, began singing at an
early age, learning from the best music and musicians. Although her father’s passing halted her career, Wanda eventually couldn’t resist the urge to sing the blues.
Wanda’s voice resonates with a ferocity that matches her stage presence. She was personally
asked by Dan Aykroyd of The Blues Brothers Fame to open for them at the grand opening of The
House of Blues in Dallas and Houston, Texas.
Andrew “Jr Boy” Jones learned how to play the guitar at a very young age and by the age of 16,
he began his professional career by joining Freddie King’s backing band, the Thunderbirds.
In 1997, Jones released his debut solo album “I Need Time,” which showcases his crafty
songwriting, great guitar playing, and powerful singing. After this release, Jones was nominated
for a Blues Music Award for “Best New Blues Artist.”