Forward by Sterling D. Plumpp I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot reflects the visions and commitments of a young Black male to his roots. Fernando Jones inherited the Blues as a musical expression, philosophy, and culture. His book displays his love for Blues in its grittiness as well as its lyrical celebration of life. At a time when many young Blacks suffer from historical amnesia, Jones in I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot links himself with the aspirations of his group in a language tough eugh and wholesome eugh to do justice. I am sure his words, observations, insights, reflections, and analysis will broaden the appreciation of Blues.