Brooklyn-based musician The Bones of J.R. Jones brings an eerie and inspired blues-folk sound to Savannah Stopover.
J.R. Linaberry describes his sound as "a little grittier" than blues-folk, with a "touch of grunge." His latest release is "Spirit's Furnace," but his current tour is not solely a playlist of this album. He is already back in the studio recording new material, between traveling and touring.
The Bones of J.R. Jones is a one-man band that takes the stage with wistful vocals, melodious guitar and, on occasion, harmonica, banjo and drums.
He spent this February touring the West Coast, from L.A. to Seattle. This year's Stopover will be The Bones of J.R. Jones' first time performing in the city, but Linaberry has made his way through Savannah before. On one of his first trips through Georgia, he was able to catch James Brown playing live in Forsyth Park. He is excited to come back as The Bones of J.R. Jones and bring some spooky harmonies to The Jinx.
On Feb. 3, Linaberry donated all proceeds from merchandise sold on The Bones of J.R. Jones' Bandcamp page to the ACLU. He believes "we can all do our part to protect each other." As both himself and his musical alter ego, he keeps the band's Facebook page up to date and vocal about life, music and politics.
Linaberry finds his musical tastes changing and building, but two of his major influences are Tom Waits and early Bruce Springsteen. As a solo artist, Linaberry incorporates his own life and story into The Bones of J.R. Jones. His newest music video for "Bless Your Soul" captures his dark and sorrowful sound as a love story turns into a man running for his life. Linaberry sings, "I've got all sorts of time," as the man in the video seems to be running toward his love in the middle of a chilly winter.
His shows have been described as intimate, passionate and gripping, which should bring a marvelous, dark blues sound to Savannah just as winter is ending.
The Bones of J.R. Jones
4 p.m. March 11
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.