Sarah Blacker / Laney Jones and the Spirits

Fri. May 29, 2015 at 8:45pm EDT
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Sarah Blacker / Laney Jones and the Spirits

Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. Doors open at 8PM

Laney Jones and the Spirits

“That’s really beautiful...Very exciting! I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do next.”
— Alison Krauss, speaking about Laney on PBS’s Great Performances

" ...a thing that brims with as much sweet innocence as it does rich craft.” 
-Orlando Weekly

Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band the Spirits. Since releasing her first studio album Golden Road in 2013, she has traveled far from the orange groves and marshes of her home, graduating from Berklee College of Music and playing festival stages at Grey Fox, Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues and numerous others.

This past January, Jones was featured on the PBS series, Great Performances. The 90-minute documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s American Voices weekend-long festival and features Laney as an emerging artist alongside musical great Alison Krauss. Additional accolades for the band include invites to SXSW, Sundance, a formal IBMA showcase and a Southern Musician Sponsorship from Belk Department Stores which earned her performances with Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. Laney Jones and the Spirits are set to release their next album in fall 2015.

Sarah Blacker

Boston’s “Sundress Rocker,” Sarah Blacker’s music will make you “feel it all, In Waves.” Taken from the title track of her forthcoming release, this lyric immediately informs the listener as to the emotional content of her songs. The record is filled with skillful rhythm guitar, piano and ukulele, and sung with a uniquely soulful voice which is much bigger than the size of the artist it comes from. 

Blacker grew up listening to her parents record collection which now sits stacked lovingly in her apartment. Paul Simon, The Beatles, America, and CSNY all formed the foundation of her musical consciousness. Teenage rebellion and discovery led to her love of alternative rock and the prominent and powerful singer/songwriters of the the nineties. Sarah then attended Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music seeking to expand her abilities as a performer and songwriter. She graduated as a Board-Certified as Music Therapist with a vision to save the world one song at a time. 

Blacker’s catch-phrase, “songs save lives,” speaks to their role in her own life. She is grateful that her wayward journey through life has led up to making her edgiest record to date. Fueled by the desire to evolve, grow, and that anything is possible, Sarah Blacker has pushed and challenged herself to bring In Waves to the world. 

In Waves, features Blacker’s strongest songwriting and playing (guitar, ukulele, and piano) so far. The songs artfully span rock, pop, indie folk, and Americana fused together with her signature vocal sound and stacked vocal harmonies. Recorded and produced by Sean McLaughlin (Elliot Smith, Rush), at 37’ Productions, In Waves also features prominent friends and musicians like Mike Levesque (Letters to Cleo, Seven Mary Three) and Elliot Jacobson (Ingrid Michelson).

The vision and spirit of the album is uninhibited authenticity, honesty and fearlessness. So with her daring new release, In Waves, and electric guitar in hand, Blacker is now preparing to hit the road on her first national tour. Dates will begin throughout the Northeast in April and extend through the summer and fall. 

Sarah Blacker was named ‘Female Performer of the Year’ at the New England Music Awards, 2013, and nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in the Boston Music Awards the same year. In 2014 she was nominated for song, and songwriter of the year at the New England Music Awards. She has toured extensively and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, Carbon Leaf, America, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Paula Cole, Rusted Root, Leon Russell, and many others.

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