Songwriter Laney Jones returns to Tampa, just two days before releasing her best album to date

It'd be a shame if 'Stories Up High' doesn't end up on a few year-end best-of lists.

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Photo by Libby Danforth
For disciples of Florida’s Americana scene, Laney Jones is remembered for her Mt. Dora based-band, The Lively Spirits, her prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica, plus an appearance alongside Alison Krauss on PBS’ “Great Performances.”

Before moving to Nashville, Jones—who plays Tampa's Hooch and Hive next Wednesday, May 18—was a frequent performer in Tampa Bay.
Now the 30-year-old has emerged from this shitstain of a pandemic with a new album, Stories Up High, which she created with Alabama Shakes and Hurray for the Riff Raff producer Andrija Tokic. On it, Jones adopted even more instruments (church organ, timpani, glockenspiel) and fortified an already sterling folk sounds with punchy pop, straight rock and more ethereal folk.

If Stories doesn’t end up on a No Depression or American Songwriter year-end best of list, it’d be a damn shame—and you're probably going to kick yourself for missing this show.
Tried and true (Will Quinlan) and rising (Noan Partly) Bay area songwriters open this gig happening ahead of Jones’ June run supporting Blitzen Trapper.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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