Laney Jones and the Spirits

Laney Jones and the Spirits

 Orlando, Florida, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Laney Jones’ hauntingly beautiful voice and technical banjo prowess led her from rural Florida to sharing the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, and Lady Antebellum. Her fearless, heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics and Americana-infused arrangements create an enticing and effortlessly infectious sound. In 2015 alone, she has featured on PBS’s Great Performances series, earned corporate sponsorships and licensing deals, and received nationwide college radio spins for her original songs.

Biography

There's a sort of magic when you meet someone who’s doing what they're clearly meant to be doing. You can feel an electricity in the air—an energy that can't quite be explained—but you know it when you see it. This is undeniable when you meet Laney Jones. In a few short years, since picking up the banjo, this young songwriter and bandleader went from playing rural Florida watering holes to performing on PBS alongside Alison Krauss and licensing music for the likes of Disney Pixar.

Now for her self-titled release, out March 11th, she's matured her sound and become more akin to rock-n-roll than the roots music for which she's been primarily known. “This album has a lot to do with self discovery,” Laney confides. “The veil is down. My sonic palette has expanded, and I felt like the studio was a perfect playground for experimenting. We followed where our ears led.” The explorations were under the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer David Plakon (Wild Child, Young Rapids and Roadkill Ghost Choir). Playfully, Laney dubbed the album’s genre as “retro majestic,” a mélange of timeless tunes that harken back to 1960s and 70s singer-songwriters with innovative modern textures and grooves. At its core, Laney Jones is a folk-rock record brimming with sonic surprises like shards of filthy guitar, shimmering Fender Rhodes, hip-hop breakbeats, and even untutored clarinet playing.

The album’s bold creativity is contextualized by a well-crafted 10-song collection. “Do What You Want" opens the album with Laney’s lone tenor guitar and intimate crooning: "What's the point of living if you can’t have fun? What's the point of heaven if you don't know anyone?" The writing is the quintessence of Laney Jones. It contains a philosophical sophistication plainly written, waiting to be picked by the listener like ripe fruit on the vine.

Amazingly, Laney Jones’ music career started as something of an accident. She picked up the guitar and began writing songs during college as a respite from the demanding academic curriculum working on an international business degree. Her aptitude as a singer and songwriter was instant. She soon found herself immersed in the roots scene as a rising young talent. It was all a whirlwind for Laney—uncovering her innate multi-instrumental gifts and being thrust into a distinct niche of music. Laney would unpack her creative ambitions while studying abroad in China without any instruments and far away from the hubbub. Away from everything, she realized her desire to do music and vowed to pursue it. When she came back to the states, she auditioned for Berklee College Of Music and was awarded a songwriting scholarship. Laney matriculated at the esteemed institution for a year and a half where she had the opportunity to study with singer-songwriter, record producer, and A&R executive Kara DioGuardi. Learning the craft of pop songwriting from a master enabled Laney to authentically discover and cultivate her own talents for emotionally resonant and infectiously catchy songwriting.


Laney has received accolades from No Depression and L.A. Record, as well as the legendary Alison Krauss. As an unsigned artist, she’s managed to grace the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and DC's Kennedy Center for the Arts, feature on PBS’s Great Performances series, earn corporate sponsorships and licensing deals, and receive nationwide college radio spins for her original songs. Currently, her music is spinning in steady rotation on over 50 CMJ indie radio stations across the country, and her voice can be heard on soundtracks of films and TV from the likes of Disney and Dreamworks. Laney’s also won many prestigious songwriting and new artist competitions, most notably the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

In 2015, Laney and her band, the Spirits, totaled over 140 performances across the USA, all the while showcasing her lively stage presence and diverse body of work. Up next, Laney Jones and the Spirits will be on the road through the summer. As one critic commented, “Laney is a firecracker on stage. This band is not to be missed!”

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

Work It Out

Written By: Laney Jones,Matthew Tonner,Adam Friedman,Julian Tobon

Been thinking about yesterday
It's ringing in my head
All the awful things we said
Then we went our separate ways
I hate when we fight
But I know it’s gonna be all right

Sometimes I feel like walking away from it
Sometimes I think that there’s nowhere to go from this
But I believe that love’s what it's all about
we’re gonna work it out...

Babe it’s getting late
no matter where this goes
you and I can take it slow
Blame it on a twist of fate
We’ve been here before
So don’t go walking out that door

Sometimes I think I’ve got nothing to show for it
Sometimes I feel it would be better to call it quits
But I believe that love’s what it's all about
we’re gonna work it out...

Sometimes I fear that the best is over
I’m all alone and the night’s getting colder
When I’m alone I wanna cry on your shoulder
It’s all my fault, I’m filling my heart with doubt
we’re gonna work it out...

Bad Luck Charm

Written By: Laney Jones & Matthew Tonner

Baby I’m a bad luck charm
Hanging round your neck when misfortune starts
Maybe we’re just star crossed lovers
Blessed with a curse we’re bound to discover’s a sign
Don’t need you to be mine
If I’m causing you trouble I ain’t worth the struggle dear
It’s a shame
I’m the source of your frustration
A senseless obfuscation of pain

Blame it on the cards I guess
Cause anything you do I know you do it your best
I’m not trying to force your hand
You bet with good intentions, but it’s not the way you planned it this time
Don’t need you to be mine
If I’m causing you trouble I ain’t worth the struggle dear
A slow decay
From truce to altercation
Infatuation led us astray

You’re gonna be better off
You’re gonna make it to the top you’ll see
Without me

Cause I'm just a bad luck charm
Getting in your way and now I’m breaking your heart
Maybe there’s no deeper meaning
The dream has long been over, it’s the only thing we’re leaving behind
Don’t need you to be mine
If I’m causing you trouble I ain’t worth the struggle dear
But it's okay
I turn in my resignation
Decline my invitation to stay
Don’t need you to be mine
If I’m causing you trouble nothing's worth the struggle dear
You should know
Time is wasted on regretting
And this is why I'm letting you go

Allston (Dance Around)

Written By: Laney Jones & Matthew Tonner

Take the south bound train to a dead end street
Where the dead beats meet on their losing streak
Had my fill of work
Gonna stay out late
Strung out on sleeping
But now I’m wide awake

(Chorus)
And I wanna dance around dance around
And I wanna jump around, jump around,
And I wanna scream and shout, scream and shout
And I wanna shout it out, shout it out, out loud
And I wanna dance around dance around
And I wanna jump around, jump around
And I wanna scream and shout, scream and shout
And I wanna shout it out, shout it out, out loud hey!

Woo hoo woo hoo woo oo hoo woo hoo woo hoo woo oo oo
Woo hoo woo hoo woo oo hoo woo hoo woo hoo woo oo oo

Like a picture show I pretend it’s true
Get a brand new view to fix my attitude
I’ve been working hard
Just to stay afloat
I don’t to care to linger
Don't want to be alone

Chorus

Lonesome Soul

Written By: Laney Jones & Matthew Tonner

Pity me I’m a lonesome soul
Left my home in Ohio
Just to find a better place to hide
Seemed all my friends were looking to me
To provide a little company
But that’s something I know nothing about

Chorus
Ain’t it strange, one such as I
I could wander all my life
I’m not alone, I’ve got a home
And it’s out on that open road

Cloud in the breeze I drift along
Arrive at night, leave before dawn
Don’t know where I’m going but I ain’t standing still
Maybe I’ll never be satisfied
Looking at life like a carnival ride
It’s a cheap thrill but I don’t wanna get off

Chorus

Bridge
Oooo…
It’s all the same, everywhere I go
Oooo..
Don’t know why I run, forgot what I’m hiding from

Years slipped by but I woke up
A sore in my back and an empty cup
The fire in me turned cold dark ash
Some say I’m a lonesome soul
But I don’t believe everything I’m told
There’s still a lot of world I have yet see

Chorus + tag

Who Could Love

Written By: Laney Jones

Verse
Tired and thankless
No room for the vanquished
The man at the banquet
Says there's plenty of food
Just not for you
There's no point in fighting
I used to play nicely
But damn Aphrodite's got a hold on me

Pre-Chorus
I'm not the person I used to be
No one stays in their infancy
I am leaving my history

Chorus
Who could love a fool like me?
I'm beat, broke down
I've got nothing to give but mystery
Who could love a fool like me?

Verse
I need a new love
I'm kicking the old drugs
To the man up above
Let me go my way
I've got no reason to stay
I'm staring at pages
I'm lost in the spaces
Can’t get what they’re saying
What's that say about me?

Pre-Chorus
I'm not the person I used to be
No one stays in their infancy
I am leaving my history

Chorus
Who could love a fool like me?
I'm beat, broke down
I've got nothing to give but mystery
Who could love a fool like me?
Chorus 2x