The Bones of J.R. Jones
The Bones of J.R. Jones is the alter ego of Jonathan Linaberry, who, as a teenager, immersed himself in the raunchy, dust-and-whiskey-soaked blues of classic artists, as well as contemporaries who were also influenced by the greats. What emerged was The Bones of J.R. Jones, a guitar and banjo-playing troubadour who stands behind a kick drum and a hands-free harmonica to create a veritable one-man raucous blues band.
Although all of the songs on his first record were originals, they crackled like covers of obscure pre-war tracks.
On his recent second outing, Spirit’s Furnace, Linaberry’s real life has started to compete with his Bones persona. As the message he presents to the world becomes clearer, his music has become a balance of what’s going on in his life with musings of his fictional vagabond doppelganger. Twisted through the spectrum of The Bones of J.R. Jones, real life observations get darker, yet are more rooted in and relevant to the here-and-now than his previous work. No matter who shows up, Bones or Linaberry (it’ll likely be a little of both) you can expect a sound that has been described as “haunting stomp blues tempered by a touch of honey.” ER