Recommended Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7.
All music and lyrics written by Laney Jones except: “Broken Hearts” music and lyrics by Laney Jones and Matthew Tonner.
This recording was produced by Laney Jones and Matthew Tonner
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by William Snyder at Real Feel Recording
Album Art by Jessie Barnes
Laney Jones sang and played banjo, ukulele, harmonica & kazoo
Matthew Tonner played acoustic guitar & sang
David Vanegas played bass guitar & bass fiddle
Tommy Shugart played lead guitar & cello
Paul Terry played drum set
Chelsea Appel sang backing vocals
Daniel Flick played fiddle & mandolin
Justin Braun played djembe, tambourine & shaker
Steeped in the traditions of folk, jazz and rock and roll, Laney Jones mixes a musical cocktail with a vintage flavor that’s all her own. Honing her craft and effortlessly welcoming stage presence in coffeehouses, speakeasies, and concert venues across the United States, this scrappy Americana singer-songwriter is making a name for herself as a fresh, lyrically creative artist. Her distinctive voice has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder*,” mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion.
Since releasing her first studio album “Golden Road” in 2013, the Florida native now turns heads in Boston, Massachusetts while attending Berklee College of Music on scholarships for songwriting and bluegrass studies. In addition to juggling the responsibilities of a college student, Laney has been touring up and down the East Coast, appearing as an emerging artist at music festivals such as Falcon Ridge Folk and Grey Fox Bluegrass. In autumn of 2013, Laney received the prestigious honor of representing Berklee at the Kennedy Center’s American Voices festival where she performed a moving rendition of her original song “Broken Hearts” at a masterclass with the legendary Alison Krauss.
As of 2014 Laney has shown no signs of slowing down. With over 50 dates in 15 states, she and her bandmates (Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits) have been stealing hearts all over the US. She graduated to a main stage featured act at the Florida Folk Festival, having made her first appearance at the open mic stage just two years prior. Midway through her summer tour, Laney took home the grand prize at the 40th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout thanks in part to crowd-pleasing performances of brand new songs “Work It Out” and “Lonesome Soul”. Earlier this year, out of a field of thousands Laney was selected one of six winners of Belk department stores’ Southern Musician Showcase which earned her pre-show and sidestage spots supporting Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.
Folk-Americana singer, Laney Jones was meant for country music, and it was meant for her. Just listen to the track “Broken Hearts” and see if you can imagine her doing anything else. Her voice resembles those of the “First Aid Kit” girls. So rich and clear, you could cut it with a knife.
-Katie Sevigny, Lady Indie (UK)
An alluring sound with banjo front and centre, this is not just Appalachian twang but a more subtle beast. The influences are more universal; there’s some folk as in the lonesome sound of ‘Rise No More’ , there’s jazz in the delightful minor key strut of ‘Pour out the Whiskey’ with its lovely arpeggios and sultry laid back vocals drifting away as the players slowly wind the tune down, then there’s your down home bluegrass of ‘Rock-a-bye sea’ still no so traditional as Laney’s voice sits perfectly but askew of the beautifully played bed.
– Keith Hargreaves, Americana UK
More than thirty-four minutes she caresses the senses. And with a dozen own originals with their roots in folk, old-time and bluegrass. The “missing link” between Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss, as it were! Just listen to things like plenty of truly sparkling banjo work it benefiting “Broken Hearts”, with a snuff rock spiced “Devil Down”, the bluesy tug “Black Coffee”, the atmospheric “Rise No More” or some jazzy sounding “Pour Out The Whiskey”! Bet that you quickly will agree that we are dealing with one of keeping your eye talents for years to come?
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