The Bones of J.R. Jones

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The Bones of J.R. Jones

M. Lockwood Porter, Olivia Millerschin

Sat, May 12, 2018

9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

The Bones of J.R. Jones
The Bones of J.R. Jones
When Jonathon Robert Linaberry needs a break from city life, he goes Upstate, near the Catskills, to renovate a little farmhouse he purchased a couple of years back. As he pours himself into his work, J.R. doesn’t think about texts, email, or even his music, which he performs solo under the moniker The Bones Of J.R. Jones. His only focus is the house.

“That’s been an amazing emotional outlet for me,” he says of his periodic retreats. “To kind of sustain myself after coming from the road and getting back into the grind of the city, to have this, for lack of a better term, Shangri-La.”

In a sense, recording and touring as The Bones Of J.R. Jones is its own form of isolation. But you wouldn’t immediately think so: As a one-man band, J.R.’s project, which fuses a moody blend of soul, blues, roots, and Americana, sounds enormous both on record and live in concert. That’s because J.R. plays—and has grown accustomed to playing—every instrument by himself.
He’s happy to report, though, that he’s a lot less solitary on his forthcoming third full-length album, Ones To Keep Close, which is due to arrive on May 11. In addition to workshopping the 11-track album with producer and good friend Rob Niederpruem at Hyperballad Music in Brooklyn, J.R. also called on soul-psych luminary Nicole Atkins, who guests on the album’s jangly lead single, “Burden.”

“I played a show with [Nicole] in Philadelphia a few months back, and we totally hit it off,” says J.R. of how they met. “It was the first time I ever got to see her live. She’s amazing live, and I guess she liked what I was doing, so we kept in touch. I approached her with this idea of doing a duet, and she agreed!”

It’s fitting then, that “Burden,” a quick-footed tune about the emotional isolation that comes with touring as a one-man band, would be performed by two people.

“‘Burden’ comes from a spot of catharsis,” says J.R. “I tour a lot by myself, and it’s tough doing it by yourself, being alone all of the time. The whole idea of ‘Burden’ was having that person to share that with. Kind of like misery loves company. Having someone be there. To be your rock. No judgement, just I’m here for you.”
M. Lockwood Porter
M. Lockwood Porter
The California-based singer-songwriter M. Lockwood Porter is part of a promising crop of up-and-coming Americana singer-songwriters. In the past three years, he has released three critically-acclaimed albums and performed all over the US, sharing the stage with acts like John Moreland, Courtney Marie Andrews, American Aquarium, David Wax Museum, Samantha Crain, David Ramirez, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. He has performed at US festivals like Outside Lands, Noise Pop, and CMJ.

Like Conor Oberst or Jeff Tweedy, Porter’s songs are equal parts traditional songcraft and indie rock attitude. Paste Magazine called Porter's 2016 album How To Dream Again "courageous and moving while eloquently capturing the zeitgeist". Glide Magazine said that How To Dream Again "flourishes with the high energy directness of Springsteen and the lasting vulnerability of Jeff Tweedy." How To Dream Again was named one of Altcountry.NL's Top 10 Albums of 2016. In a review of Porter's 2014 release 27, Americana UK said, "Take care with M. Lockwood Porter. He is an important singer-songwriter.”
Olivia Millerschin
Olivia Millerschin
Olivia Millerschin’s celestial blend of vintage folk and modern pop is reaping rewards across many genres. Just 22, Olivia has won a John Lennon Songwriting Award and is a current winner of the Great American Song Contest. She was a quarter finalist on America’s Got Talent, and is featured alongside musical greats Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett on the Republic Records companion album to Mitch Albom’s book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. In addition to singing and songwriting, Olivia plays the ukulele, piano and guitar. Self-described as “top end of mediocre, low end of fabulous,” Olivia’s vibrant personality makes her audience feel right at home whether performing at a local coffee shop or Radio City Music Hall.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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