I just started working with The Bones of J.R. Jones, the solo project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathon Linaberry. Hailing from Upstate New York, he’s known for his moody blend of garage-influenced soul, blues, roots, and Americana.
Today, he announced his third studio album, Ones To Keep Close, set for release on May 11th – a crisp, 11-track collection of stomp-along songs produced in Brooklyn. He also shared the lead single “Burden” featuring soul-psych luminary Nicole Atkins. Premiered with Baeble, “Burden” is a quick-footed tune about the emotional isolation that comes along with touring as a one-man band. Listen here.
“A glimpse of summer with hopeful harmonies and foot-stomping percussion” – Baeble
“Rich, rootsy tones reminiscent to a strain of folk-stoked blues” – Noisey
“A refreshing throwback to a time when music was music and artists were storytellers” – Flaunt
“Fresh and contemporary while his no frills approach remains stripped down and raw” – American Songwriter
We last heard from The Bones of J.R. Jones in 2016 upon the release of the critically acclaimed album Spirit’s Furnace. Tracks like “The Heat” and “Bless Your Soul” found Linaberry expanding the scope of his musical vision while stripping away the excess. On Ones To Keep Close, Linaberry emerges with his most ambitious work to date – pushing his artistic boundaries while still remaining true to his roots. In preparation of the upcoming album, The Bones of J.R. Jones will kick off a 25-date national tour this week, hitting cities such as Charlotte, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. Tickets are available for purchase here!