In just a few years and three albums, banjo-wielding balladeer Laney Jones has gone from playing Florida NASCAR bars to performing aside Alison Krauss, gracing the stage of New York’s Lincoln Center and continuing to diversify her traditionally rustic sound.
Her next stop? East Aurora’s 189 Public House (189 Main St.), where she and her Spirits will perform a free show at 8 p.m. June 22. Since releasing her latest, self-titled album last March, the singer/songwriter’s been lauded by the likes of Paste magazine and Rolling Stone, who included Jones in its list of “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” earlier this year.
But backing the up-and-coming performer into a country corner is misleading. Yes, she has material that wouldn’t be booed off an early June performance at Coca-Cola Field, but her work also boasts pop hints of Ingrid Michaelson and Brandi Carlisle amid its occasional inclusion of slide guitar and tavern stomp. This allows her sound to not settle into the convenient mold of conveyor-belt new country and, ideally, flourish into something more unidentifiable.
Is this a positive for the former Sunshine State picker? Visit Ms. Jones at 189 and find out for yourself.