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.”

"This psychedelic pop band reminiscent of early-early Pink Floyd would aid any acid or mushroom trip. They're a combination of joy, mirage and youth. What's most interesting about this band is that even though their vibe, sound and groove are a bit out there, they get the crowd to dance (even the sober ones!). Plus, Fruit Juice is one of the bands that looks like they're always having fun together, like their set could be in front of a packed house or in one of the band member's basements, it wouldn't matter. Good thing for us, they hit up Seattle on a frequent basis." -Jacob Uitti

Asterhouse is a rock band based out of Kenmore, Washington. In 2009, John and Russ Thornburg joined up with Julio Posada to form a band then known as JAR. Asterhouse as performed in several major music venues including The Crocodile in Seattle, Triplehorn Brewery in Woodinville, and make.shift in Bellingham. To see a list of their upcoming shows, click the shows link.

Asterhouse has a wide variety of sounds, blending rock, alternative, indie, and grunge into an energetic and reflective style of their own. To hear them for yourself, click the play button at the top of the page or check out our Bandcamp: https://asterhouse.bandcamp.com/

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