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.





I am still opening my eyes from last night.  I made an extra large and strong  pot of coffee to get my blood flowing. 

It's early here in New York City.  No one is stirring.   There is something about having quiet in the city.  It's so rare.  So special.  And it always disappears somehow without you noticing.

I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Happy New Year.  2014 was a big year for me, it was the first time in my 32 years on this planet that I could call myself solely a musician.... not a bartender, not a server, a musician.  That's a huge deal for me.  It has been my dream for more years than I can or care to count.  It won't last forever.  I've been more fortunate than most and I know that I owe a huge chunk of this success to all of you and your support.  Thank you for that.  There are big things on the horizon for all of us.  Let's make the most of what's coming down the road.  Here's to working hard together the whole year through.  Best of luck to you all.

Happy New Years.


"Shallow men believe in luck.  Strong men believe in cause and effect." 

                                                                                                                         -R.W. Emerson


Happy New Years!



I hope you all have a good Fall thus far.   We are closing in Thanksgiving...and I will taking my usual route to Grandma's house: over the river, through the woods and all that other good stuff.  I plan to get myself properly stuffed on pie and turkey... in that order.  

It's been a quiet month around here.  I elected to take some time off and work on some new material.  Some of which you will be able to hear 12/13 at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun.   Please be sure to come out.  It will be my last show of the year and more importantly the Rod and Gun will be closing at the end of the year.. so get there to help me to say, Farewell to one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn.

There is some big news coming around the corner, so please stayed tune.  




THURSDAY October 30Th

H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N !!!!

I am a day early... but I don't know where I will be tomorrow, so I though take advantage of this down time to wish you all very Happy Halloween.  It is my favorite holiday in the middle of my favorite season.  I hope you all get out and enjoy it.

A couple of note for you today:  One, I will be playing a show at Johnny Brenda's in Philly this Saturday night.  Should be a hell of a night... and who knows I may still be dressed up from the night before.

On a sadder note, one of my favorite venues(The Brooklyn Rod and Gun) will be closing down at the end of the year.  This city changes so quickly in an unforgiving way, it often throws out the good with the bad.  I will miss this space dearly.  Please support their kickstarter campaign to save some of the memories from this very special space.



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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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