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Laney Jones and the Spirits – Sunshiny Exuberance!

Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~

Apr 28, 2015
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Laney Jones has an innocent persona brimming over with love for music and song, and so does her band. They opened Wednesday evening for the formidable Spuyten Duyvil, who was just as charmed by her as we were in the audience. Laney sings with passion, and has a voice similar in color to Brandi Carlile. She plays banjo and ukelele, and I watched her swap out and play different harmonicas. The band excelled at vocal textured harmonies, and they performed with all-out joy.

I loved her fearless heart-on-her-sleeve style of singing and songwriting. She has a cute little lopsided smile when she tilts her head back and sings. Now and then, she threw in a wiggly, boneless little dance step. I loved watching her three band mates too: Curtis Seligson, on bass, who closed his eyes and nodded his head from side to side, blissed out by the music; Matthew Tonner, the sturdy and strong, deft lead guitarist; and Alex Shames, peppy as a sportsfan, and energetic and creative on drums.

They cranked out a few original tunes: “Broken Hearts,” “The Simple Truth,” “Homemade Shine,” and more, but their set seemed over too soon. During the break Laney came down into the audience, introduced herself, shook hands with folks, and offered free hugs. I got one!

I read that she was in a recent PBS episode of Great Performances which featured Alison Krauss. Alison is a fan of Laney, and rooted for her career. You can read about that here: www.laney-jones.com/biography. With an endorsement like that, you know this girl is going places.

Laney is a recent graduate of Berklee School of Music and resides in Boston. To find out more, visit her website www.laney-jones.com. (Click to see larger image.)

Press photo from laney-jones.com

For music lovers visiting Portland, Maine, I highly recommend
One Longfellow Square ~ "Portland's Premier Arts Venue"
Check them out at onelongfellowsquare.com.

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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