With the release of 2014’s Dark Was the Yearling and 2016’s Spirit Furnace and Ones to Keep Close, the Upstate New York-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and creative mastermind behind The Bones of J.R. Jones, Jonathan Linaberry has developed a reputation for crafting gritty, garage rock and blues-tinged soul — and unsurprisingly, Linaberry’s third, Rob Niederpreum-produced Bones of J.R. Jones album Ones To Keep Close, which was released earlier this year, further cements the Upstate New York-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s reputation for crafting gritty, garage rock and blues-tinged soul. The album’s latest single power chord-based inspired “I See You,” a track that is centered around rousing, arena rock-like, anthemic hooks and a stomping, down home blues stomp reminiscent of The Black Keys and others.
Directed by Tobias Nathan, the recently released video was filmed in Brooklyn (it looks like Bushwick to me) to specifically emphasize the track’s gritty vibe. And as Linaberry say of the video’s treatment, “The idea behind this video was all about letting the music take over. We didn’t want to be overly serious or precious with the video. We just wanted the song to move people.” The video begins by following a brother with an awesome ‘fro, smoking a cigarette as he bops along, plays air guitar and lip syncs to the song when he encounters a small group of women, who initially are so pissed that a bottle is flung — and then they start rocking out hard. These women are rocking out so hard that they don’t notice the two men, who have been chasing each other and continue a vicious fight within feet of them. If that doesn’t evoke old New York, I’m not sure what would.
Linaberry just finished a national headlining tour to support his third album but has a few select Stateside dates before heading off to Europe in the fall. Check out the tour dates below.
9/6: Ketchum, ID @ Whiskey Jacques
9/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
9/11: Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
9/13-9/15: Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
10/11: Mannheim, Germany @ Kulturbrücken
10/12: Dortmund, Germany @ Subrosa
10/13: Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefährlich
10/14: Dresden-gittersee,Germany @ OstPol
10/15: Furth, Germany @ Kunstkeller
10/16: Munich, Germany @ UNTER DECK
10/17: Zurich, Switzerland @ Bar 3000
10/19: London, UK @ Water Rats
10/20: Bristol, England, UK @ Mothers Ruin
10/23: Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ De Gudde Wellen
10/24: Stuttgart, Germany @ Café Merlin
10/25: Cologne, Germany @ BUMANN & Sohn
10/26: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Q-Factory
10/27: Bremen-burg, Germany @ KARTON
10/28: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar @ Vega
10/29: Berlin, Germany @ Monarch