Laney Jones

Laney Jones

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAmericanaBluegrass

Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall tales of life from down in the swamplands. Laney has shared the stage with the likes of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, and Alisson Krauss at festivals across the country, and her 2014 tour dates will include performances supporting Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.

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Biography

Laney Jones's songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall tales of love, life, and adventures from down in the swamplands. From a young age Laney enjoyed performing, honing her effortlessly welcoming stage presence through years of dramatic and musical theater. Since discovering Bluegrass music while attending open mics at a neighborhood coffee shop, she has rapidly built an impressive repertoire of original music and has performed at concert venues and festivals across the eastern United States.

Laney's voice have been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder". Her talents on the banjo have been augmented through studying with prominent clawhammer and old-time technicians Mark Johnson and Bruce Molsky. Laney also incorporates multi-instrumental prowess on ukulele and harmonica in her live shows and recordings.

In the summer of 2013, Laney assembled a five-piece band of Florida musicians to record her second full-length album, entitled "Golden Road". After finishing the album, the band immediately hit the road for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. Performing as an emerging artist and a singer-songwriter in the round, Laney stood side-by-side such greats as Chris Thile, Del McCoury, Della Mae, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. She was also awarded the Grey Fox Bill Vernon Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

Through Berklee, she has been given tremendous opportunities to expand her musical horizons. In November, Laney was sent to represent Berklee at the prestigious Kennedy Center where she performed in a Country vocal master session lead by the legendary Alisson Krauss. Laney's performance at the Kennedy Center will be included in a documentary of the American Voices Festival through PBS's "Great Performances" which is slated to air in 2014.

Recently, Laney has started working with some Berklee colleagues on a new iteration of her music: Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, a string band which includes guitarist Jacy Anderson and fiddler Lars Thorson along with Laney's multi-instrumentalist and songwriting partner Matthew Tonner. The band was recently selected as the winner of Belk department stores Southern Musician Showcase in the bluegrass genre and will be embarking on an east coast tour in 2014 supporting acts Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.


Lyrics

Broken Hearts

Written By: Laney Jones & Matthew Tonner

Flower you used to shine
Shine in the sun
As you did in ancient times
When life had just begun

Flower you used to grow
High above the rest
Now you’re in a mason jar
Facing towards the West

Broken hearts are always breaking
Weary eyes chase the past
Only they can turn back time...
To make the moment last

Spring is coming on
Smell the sweet perfume
From your window pedestal
You watch the flowers bloom

Summer has come and gone
Gone away too soon
Left you in an autumn haze
Longing for the moon

Broken hearts are always breaking
Weary eyes chase the past
Only they could turn back time...
To make the moment last