Hello Dear Friends,

I've been working on a lot of new music the past few months.  I am hoping to have something ready for your pretty little ears by early next year.... if not sooner.


In the meantime, I'd like to wish the National Parks a very Happy Birthday.  You have been a source of inspiration for me since I can remember.

Monday June 1st, 2015

It's been a quiet month or so since I've gotten back from tour.  It's given me lots of time to reflect upon all the wonderful people I came across my travels and how fortunate and indebted I am for individuals graciousness and support.  Thank you again to all who helped me out along the way.

Also... for those of you on the West Coast, I will be heading your way in a week or so.  I will be writing and recording the bones of a new album.   Hold on to your butts. 

thursday march 26th, 2015

Dear Friends,
You can now find ALL of Alan Lomax's recordings online for FREE. I hope all of you are as excited about this as I am.  This guy pretty much single-handedly changed my life.

I've pretty much accepted that my day is shot now... I am off to listen to some Mississippi Prison Songs from 1947.



Hello Friends,


I am very happy and excited to announce my upcoming tour this April.  It's been something I've been working on for months now….countless hours and cups of coffee went into this thing.  

The plan is to start on April 8th hitting up Philly first and head south from there.  Eventually I will turn west and get as far as Tupelo, MS before I head north, making the obligatory stop in Nashville till I hit Annandale, MN.  From there, I'll be homeward bound and heading back east.  I am still piecing together some shows over the last leg of this thing… so please check back often for updates as I don't want to bombard you with emails concerning my whereabouts.  

This will be my first run solo in a long time, which is a scary thing.  I will also be playing in many towns and areas I've never been to.  All of these factors add up to what can feel like a daunting combination, so please come out and support if you can.  It would be great to meet you all and share a beer and a song or two.

You can also follow me on Instagram @thebonesofjrjones.  I will be posting pics and stories of the road #thetroubletour.

Also.. if you happened to miss it.  I had a little video release for, "ticket home" on VICE.  I hope you like it.

All dates are listed below on my SHOWS page.

See you out there, in the thick of it.


Your Friend,


wednesday january 28th 2015

Dear Friends,

Here in NYC we just had one of the sorriest "blizzards" I have ever experienced.  It was a major let down for me on a personal level, as I grew up in an area where we hold the snow fall record in the lower 48, depending on the year.  I was looking forward to that taste of home... but so it goes.


I am writing to you because there are some good things cookin on the stove and wanted to share them with you.  First and Foremost, my video for "Ticket Home" premiered on Noisey yesterday.  I am super excited about this and could not have happened with out many your generous donations to my kickstarter last year.  Thank you for being a part of the making of the video.  


I am also planning a little tour through April.  I hope to make it through a good portion of the South and Midwest.  If you want me to play your town or living room...please reach out and will do my damnedest to try make it work.   I will be updating my concert schedule periodically so please be sure to check back and see where I am going to be.  


Annnnddd.. over the weekend of February 8th I will be out in LA.  You can find me at the Silverlake Lounge on Sunday the 8th at around 8:30.  I will be doing a free show.  If you are in the area, it would make me happy to see you, for what it's worth.


I hope you all are doing well.





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Something happens to J.R. Linaberry. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but when the musician takes the stage, surrounded by his many instruments, suddenly creating sound, projecting noise, drumming up long-gestating emotions, you know he’s transformed; a sense of purpose and poise envelops the air. “It’s very easy to be a different person when it comes to this project,” says Linaberry, who performs and completely inhabits the persona of the early-twentieth-century blues musician, The Bones of J.R. Jones. “For me it’s an outlet more than anything else.”


It’s via the live show that The Bones of J.R. Jones has established itself as a spellbinding musical force: there’s Linaberry, all by his lonesome, playing several instruments – guitar, banjo, bass drum, high-hat – all at once, transforming any setting, no matter how visibly modern, into an old-time roadside juke joint. Now, over several years performing, the traveling troubadour has refined his craft so poignantly as to craft a batch of highly refined, barn-burning blues and folk numbers. They take the form of Dark Was The Yearling, The Bones of J.R. Jones’ mesmerizing new LP.


The first full-length effort, both jarring and meditative in its juxtaposition of snarling electric guitar licks (“Fury of the Light”), banjo backbeats (“St. James’ Bed”) and acoustic charm (“The Plan”), is bookended by twin takes on the foot-stomping “Dreams to Tell.” 


“That songs never gets old to me,” says Linaberry. “I felt like the album needed two versions of it… for better or worse.” The album’s highlight however, is undoubtedly “The Dark,” a somber ode to the musician’s late grandfather. The harmonic hymnal, written in the hours following the passing of a man whom Linaberry describes as “very much the patriarch” of his family, ended up shaping the entirety of the album, “giving it a much more heavier sound near the end of it.


“That was one of those rare instances that a song did come out in 24 hours,” Linaberry says of “The Dark.” “And it really hasn’t changed since then.” 


Crafted by Linaberry over the past year and half following the release of 2012’s The Wildness EP, Dark Was The Yearling, a 12-track collection, was born out of a gradual, introspective writing and recording process.  Penning music, the musician explains, is a art form he finds is best never rushed by preconceived expectations or false expectations. “I’m not one of those artists who can sit down and write a song a day,” he says. “I wish it happened more but it can’t be forced.”


Linaberry first developed a deep-seeded love for classic folk and blues — the sort best exemplified by early torchbearers like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin’ Hopkins — 15 years ago after being given a collection of albums entitled “American Roots Music” by his father. He subsequently fully immersed himself in it. “It reshaped my musical landscape,” says Linaberry, whose upstate New York upbringing upstate found him deeply entrenched in the local hardcore punk-rock scene. “What made me fall in love with the punk scene, I heard again in those records,” he offers. “And I haven’t turned back.”


The idea and promise of timeless music, the kind uncontaminated by passing trend, was greatly appealing to Linaberry. In old-time folk and blues he found “something so precious that you care for. I don’t know where it’s going,” he adds, but I will always be moving in this direction and falling in love with these songs and finding new artists that I can relate to.”


The Bones of J.R. Jones is an ever-evolving project — one that Linaberry will continue to spread via his mesmerizing live shows. Don’t expect to see him with other musicians anytime soon. Performing solo, he says, “became a matter of necessity for me to reach what I felt was an accurate portrait of what I wanted to represent." 


“For me my biggest fear with doing a one-man band is it would become a gimmick,” he offers. “Like ‘Oh, he’s the one-man band guy.’ I’ve put those reservations aside and fully embraced it."





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