EASTON — The Bones of J.R. Jones will rattle the Avalon on Sept. 23 with folk rock and sweet americana tunes as the small band launches its month-long tour at the Eastern Shore venue.
The three-member band is traveling to Easton for the first time, and is eager for an introductory concert on the shore.
J.R. Linaberry, the lead performer of the band, is hot off recording a new EP called “A Celebration” and will play hit songs “Stay Wild” and “Bad Moves” for a relaxing but groovy performance.
“It will be a lot more energetic. I would describe the set as on a spectrum of garage blues to very americana, western folk,” Linaberry said. “I try to keep it sonically interesting ... the set itself is high energy, and it’s also very quiet at times. It’s a lot of fun.”
Linaberry, who has been performing across the country and in Europe as the Bones of J.R. Jones for more than eight years, said he’s typically a one-man show — but the audience this year will get a surprise.
The singer decided to add two other members to his band for his tour starting Sept. 22 and ending on Oct. 15. The new members are Kiyoshi Matsuyama, a bass and keyboard player, and Daniel Sousa, the drummer. Linaberry primarily plays acoustic guitar and banjo.
His new songs are also a changeup. “A Celebration,” Linaberry’s fifth project, is “more reflective and restrained” than previous records and vinyl copies for the EP have nearly sold out since its release in March.
“This one is definitely more restrained, more focused on acoustic guitar, and kind of inspired by southwest trips,” he explained. “What I was trying to do with this latest EP is try to keep it contained. The drum machine, using synths ... being low overhead, very self-contained.”
Popular songs like “Stay Wild” are calming but coupled with a smooth vibe that will get people moving. The singer utilizes a deep but harmonic voice, with strumming guitars and drum beats in the background.
Linaberry grew up and still lives near the Catskill mountain range in New York. As a child, he was trained to play piano, before eventually transitioning into a punk rock band in high school. In college he took a brief break from music.
About eight years ago, he was primarily a bartender, but ended up writing a song that was placed in a commercial.
“That gave me the kick out the door,” he said. “Made me realize there’s something to pursue full time, and maybe there’s a future to be had here.”
Linaberry has since made waves as an artist, performing as far as Europe for the past several years. During the pandemic, he held livestream events and earned money through tips.
After vaccinations and an easing of restrictions this summer, Linaberry started touring on and off again. But he’s eager to be back on tour full time this month.
“I’m really excited, I’ve heard such good things about The Avalon”, he said. “I hope that people feeling cagey about the virus are still (going to come out) and be positive about it.”