I bought my guitar on a whim in a small shop on the outskirts of Buffalo about seven years ago. It was on sale for 350 dollars. The guy threw in a gigbag, too. My previous guitar was a beautiful Taylor that cost me more than I pay in rent even today.
The question, "Why do you play as a one man band?" gets asked to me a lot. The funny thing is, it was never a conscious choice to go this route. It was born out of necessity. I wanted to create something bigger than a singer songwriter project, something that was full of passion, something that would punch people in the chest with meaning, but also something I could take out to the dive bars in town and catch people's ear.
I remember reading a quote somewhere about taking vinyl home and having to live with it. What struck me about the quote was the concept of "living" with what was just basically a vehicle for recorded music. What a strong sentiment. You never hear anyone talk about living with their mp3's, CDs, or whatever. It's a romantic notion for sure and it makes sense when you really start to break down what a vinyl record means.
Recording like song writing is usually a slow process for me. I start by cutting some very rough demos of songs on my own. I usually just hit record on my computer and start to play. I see what I can lay down and build it up from there.
Brooklyn based blues and roots man The Bones of J.R. Jones debut full length Dark was the Yearling is out today worldwide. The Bones of J.R. Jones is the early-twentieth-century bluesman persona of Brooklyn’s Jonathon Linaberry. Linaberry’s road into music started in the hardcore punk scene in upstate New York where he grew up. His musical landscape took a huge shift after being gifted a collection of records called "American Roots Music" by his father.