The Bones of J.R. Jones
(Spirit's Furnace)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Blues, Folk
Sounds Like:
The Dead South, Lord Huron, Dan Auerbach
Is he from the heart of Tennessee or Mississippi? His sound is so deep rooted and rustic that was our first conclusion. Hailing from central New York Jonathan Linaberry represents blues and folk at its highest levels. Our minds shift to the deep woods of the Appalachian trail where soul meets a certain raw and simple energy. The one man journey by The Bones of J.R. Jones is about as intimate and cathartic as you can get. We found ourselves fixated on the classic simplicity of Linaberry's heartfelt vocals and tremendous slide and acoustic fretwork. The sophomore release of Spirit's Furnace delivers in a big way transporting us into a warm and reflective space.

What are the highlights of the album?
Spirit’s Furnace contains nine tracks running around 30 minutes of folk bliss. So Many highlights are to be found here, take “Dry Dirt” and its gospel-themed style of blues, it’s just so engaging. If you’re looking for some toe-tapping upbeat blues, than check out the track “The Heat”. This one actually has a tad bit of old Black Keys here plus the addition of background vocals really elevates things. “Hammer and Nails” and “Walk on By” keep the energy levels high with their use of a very contagious percussion. We love the slight distant vocals on “Bless Your Soul,” this song really sucks you and has a calming nature about it.

How is the production value?

The production has a nostalgic and simplistic feel. The overall rustic clarity and unpolished production enhances the listening experience of Spirit's Furnace.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
The genius of Plan Bee Brewery would go perfect with this album. With roots in the central New York area they brew 100% of their ingredients off their farm in Poughkeepsie. Estate grown hops, heritage grain well water wild cultivated locally grown from Oak tanks homegrown fruits herbs and flowers all make this a not to bee missed experience

What are our final thoughts on Spirt’s Furnace?

Fans of folk and blues need this introspective album in their collection. The Bones of J.R. Jones' sophomore release exceed our expectations on a variety of fronts. If you're seeking out that perfect album for the wilderness setting, give this one a gander and put it in rotation. Also, if you find this album suites you, join us in New York City on April 29, as we are fired up to witness his folk mastery at The Mercury Lounge. - 4/26/2017

1. Kinds 
2. The Heat  
3. Hammers And Nails  
4. Bless Your Soul  
5. Dry Dirt  
6. Wedding Song  
7. I'm Your Broken Dog  
8. Walk On By  
9. Dry Dirt (Stripped)

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