Americana outfit Laney Jones and the Spirits bring their rock-fueled string-band music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 8pm.
Already a rising star on the modern bluegrass scene, having been featured on the PBS series, “Great Performances,” in a 90-minute documentary offering an overview of the Kennedy Center’s American Voices weekend-long festival, featuring Jones as an emerging artist alongside musical great Alison Krauss, Laney Jones made a 180-degree turn on her most recent eponymous album, featuring experimental sounds mixed with bluegrass textures and rock ‘n’ roll rhythms.
All of it, of course, is tied together by Jones’s sensual, alluring vocals – the sum effect sounding like Wilco fronted by a woman instead of Jeff Tweedy.
Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Fla., Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band, the Spirits.
Since releasing her first studio album, “Golden Road,” in 2013, Jones has traveled far from the orange groves and marshes of her home, graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston and playing festival stages at Grey Fox, Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues and numerous others.
Laney Jones and the Spirits have also performed at SXSW, Sundance, a formal IBMA showcase and a Southern Musician Sponsorship from Belk Department Stores which earned her performances with Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.
Jones’s music ranges from very traditional-sounding bluegrass to electro-funk string-band tunes (“Work It Out”), on which she sounds as much like Arcade Fire as Alison Krauss.
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