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Laurie Jones

by Laurie Jones

This self titled CD by singer-songwriter Laurie Jones is infused w/ confessional messages that her fans have come to expect and love.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Is Well With My Soul
0:51 $0.99
2. Overrated
4:10 $0.99
3. Give Me A Moment
3:57 $0.99
4. Hey My DJ
4:14 $0.99
5. Goat Dance
3:39 $0.99
6. Torin's Revolution
3:07 $0.99
7. Another Road Trip
3:29 $0.99
8. Paradise
3:16 $0.99
9. I Only Wanted You
5:32 $0.99
10. Wonderful And Cheaper
10:01 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Laurie Jones": the third CD from a powerful singer-songwriter

For Immediate Release

With the release of her new self-titled album, Laurie Jones cements her status as a full-service indie singer-songwriter. Recorded in Portland Maine, with Jim Begley of "The Studio", Jones' third CD is refreshingly genuine and musically to the point. Front and center is her remarkable vocal performance; opening with "It Is Well With My Soul," Jones sets the album's tone via a glorious 19th century hymnal that evolves from despair and grief to forgiveness and liberation.

Backed by her long-time touring band, Jones crafts each song with a strong melody and lyrics that can be surprisingly frank and emotionally complex. "This record comes from the music I really love," explains Jones. "I allowed my gospel and country influences to face off with my rock demons." In doing so Jones has created a work of "transgenre rock 'n' roll."

The track "Overrated" finds Jones making commentary about the music industry. Of course it is all in fun, as Jones shares her challenge of having to straddle the grandeur of pop celebrity and the gutter of maintaining a day job.

While Jones continues her alliance with Walter Howland on bass, Neil Salisbury on guitar and Steve Peer on drums, she has also invited a variety of guest artists to help create a rich palette of soul, rockabilly, Celtic and southern rock sounds.

For those who need to classify and label her style, Jones' latest effort fits nicely into the "non-commercial adult rock" or "Americana roots," as well as the "college" or "indie" bin. However, Laurie Jones soars way above the pop rock fray and prefers "none of the above." She blazes her own trail as a unique songwriter with style and power to spare.

Summary:
"Laurie Jones" (self-titled)
Reversing Recordings (RR16)
Copyright 2007

Audio track list:
It Is Well With My Soul (Spafford and Bliss)
Overrated
Give Me A Moment
Hey My DJ
Goat Dance
Torin's Revolution
Another Road Trip
Paradise
I Only Wanted You
Wonderful And Cheaper

Recorded at The Studio, Portland, Maine
Additional tracks: Lakewind Sound Studios, Point Aconi, Nova Scotia

Recorded by Jim Begley

Additional Recording by Mike Shepherd

Mixed and Produced by Jim Begley, Laurie Jones and Steve Peer

Contact info@lauriejones.org

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richard bloom

Cool Rock from Maine
I had the pleasure of seeing Laurie Jones and her band last Summer. I immediately bought this CD and I have been a big fan ever since. Laurie has a rich vocal quality that evokes the rock stylings of Bonnie Raitt and Chrissie Hynde. Like those two great artists, she rocks her guitar and fronts a super hot swinging band, including ace drummer, Steve Peer. In addition, she writes very witty, clever, interesting material that veers from the ordinary relationship type of song. I find that very refreshing. Combine that with a sense of integrity and commitment, it makes for a very entertaining listen.
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The Maine Edge

bares her soul
"Laurie Jones:" an indie performer bares her “soul”
By staff and wire reports:

Laurie Jones has been immersed in music ever since she can remember. From performing in country bands when she was a small child at her grandmother’s behest to rocking out with a band in her teenage years, music has been integral to Jones.

"I think I became addicted to the adrenaline rush," she says. "I think I'm still addicted to it."
With the release of her new self-titled album, recorded in Portland, Jones cements her status as a full-service independent singer-songwriter.

Her third album is refreshingly genuine and musically to the point. Backed by her long-time touring band, Jones crafts each song with a strong melody and lyrics that can be surprisingly frank and emotionally complex.






































Laurie Jones' third album fins her blending her country and gospel roots with modern rock 'n' roll.
Front and center is her remarkable vocal performance; opening with "It Is Well With My Soul," Jones sets the album's tone via a glorious 19th century hymnal that evolves from despair and grief to forgiveness and liberation.

"This record comes from the music I really love," explains Jones. "I allowed my gospel and country influences to face off with my rock demons." In doing so, Jones feels she has created a work of trans-genre rock 'n' roll, and devoted fans can look forward to finding hidden confessions and other surprises throughout the album.

She considers herself to be a poet almost more than a musician. "I've been writing songs forever," she says. "I wrote everything myself on the latest album."

Trying to make living in the music industry is often difficult. The track "Overrated" finds Jones confessing the truth about the mainstream music industry. While all in fun, she references the challenge of straddling the grandeur of pop celebrity and the gutter of maintaining a day job.

"When you're doing this, it's a very serious business venture," she says. "It's like starting up a restaurant. We have to be business minded and I think people should try to support things like this."


"It's just like starting a restaurant," said Jones during a recent interview. (Photo by Franklin MacMahon)

Such support for the industry, according to Jones, is a concept almost foreign to a generation that bootlegs their music from the Internet, and newer artists just trying to make a living are the ones hurt most by piracy on the Internet, not the record labels that produce it.

While Jones continues her alliance with Walter Howland on bass, Neil Salisbury on guitar and Steve Peer on drums, she's also invited a variety of guest artists to help create a rich palette of soul, rockabilly, Celtic and southern rock sounds.

For those who need to classify and label her style, Jones' latest effort may fit into the “non-commercial adult rock” bin, or perhaps someone else would call it "Americana roots." However, she soars way above the pop rock fray and prefers "none of the above." She blazes her own trail as a unique songwriter with style and power to spare.

For more information, check out Laurie Jones online at www.lauriejones.org. Her albums are also available locally at Bull Moose Music.
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Bangor Daily

songwriter goes deep
By Emily Burnham
Friday, February 23, 2007 - Bangor Daily News


Four years ago, when Laurie Jones released her second album, "Better Days," she and her band hit the road. They toured. And toured. And when they got done, they toured some more.

"We played our guts out," said Jones, who is in her 30s. "I think the whole process taught us a lot, but we almost played too much. Too many shows. I started to forget how much I liked being a songwriter."

She returned home to Ellsworth a year ago and sat through a nasty period of creative drought.

"I was so scared that that would be the end of my songwriting. I went a good six to eight months without writing anything," she said. "But one day I had this song that wouldn’t give up. I had to surrender to it. And then it all just happened."

The songs that Jones wrote during that burst of inventiveness form the basis of her new album, a self-titled collection of raw, confessional folk-rock songs that Jones said she feels encapsulates her mind-set better than anything she’s written so far.

Jones’ slow-burning, deeply personal songs come to life on the album, a more stripped-down affair from "Better Days," which she says was indebted more to bands like Blondie and Roxy Music. "Laurie Jones" features her road-tested backing band, and bears more in common with Ani DiFranco or early Joni Mitchell, with flashes of country and gospel throughout — though, as a self-proclaimed "rocker chick," there’s an element of grit and punk rock that shines through, even on the acoustic tracks.

"I really stuck to my guns with this one. I wanted it to sound like what you’d hear in a live show. It’s what the band sounds like," she said. "On my last album there was a lot of experimentation. Like Laurie Jones on steroids. This is just more organic. No synths. That’s why it’s self-titled, ’cause it’s just me."

The cover art, done by Bangor area artist Robert Dowling, features a forlorn-looking wind-up doll, and Jones has no qualms letting people know that she identifies with the painting.

"I did an art show with [Dowling], and when I saw that painting I couldn’t stop looking at it," she said. "Some people say it’s creepy, but it really spoke to me. We all get to that point, where we feel wound down. I don’t really feel that way anymore, though."

Jones, a Lubec native who has lived in the Ellsworth region for five years, has managed to amass both a local and regional following while still living in rural Maine — which is no small feat, as any local musician can attest to.

"It’s pretty difficult as far as going out and playing live gigs. It’s not a good idea if you’re trying to make money, though that can be done," she said. "But because of technology now, I’m able to live here and do what I do. I’m here at the end of the world and am able to write songs and put out CDs. Sometimes I think about moving to New York City or something, but I don’t see that really enhancing my songwriting."

That brutal self-honesty is one of Jones’ trademarks.

"I wasn’t being honest with myself before. I didn’t know what kind of music I wanted to play," she said. "With this album, I got a real sense of it. I’m really happy with it."

Laurie Jones’ self-titled third album is now available at www.cdbaby.com. For information, visit www.lauriejones.org. Emily Burnham can be reached at eburnham@bangordailynews.net. Check out her blog at www.community.bangordailynews.com.
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Goldmine Magazine

best effort yet
Laurie Jones

Reversing Recordings (RR16)

Grade: 4 stars

Versatility is one thing, but on her

new, self-titled, third album, Laurie Jones

displays a remarkable malleability that

finds her shifting her stance and delivering

what is arguably the best effort of

her still-budding career. It's impressive

that she's opted to open the set with an

á cappella reading of a traditional hymn,

"It Is Well With My Soul," before adjusting

the energy for a series of taut, riveting

salvos that brandish both her attitude

and aptitude.

Jones shows an ability to garner

an instant impression, whether it's the

relentless, razor-sharp riffing of "Hey

My DJ," the rugged, fiddle-fueled amble

of "Torin's Revolution" or the sway and

swagger of "I Only Wanted You." Jones'

vocals — an authoritative presence

that combines the brash confidence of

Chrissie Hynde and the outward defiance

of Alanis Morissette — is front and

center, giving these songs an instant

and indelible imprint. When on "Goat

Dance," she rebuffs the object of her disdain

by insisting, "Don't you point your

gun at me," there's no question of her

ability to disarm, literally and figuratively.

Jones reconciles the need to hold on

to her day job while musing over the

possibilities of fame and fortune in the

song "Overrated," a hard-hitting shuffle

that finds her showing her savvy. Still, in

a perfect world, she'd already be a star,

and these songs would be staples on

iPods everywhere. While the new album

might not propel her all the way to stardom,

at very least it finds her moving in

the right direction.

— by Lee Zimmerman
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Performer Magazine

Unique Songwriting
Laurie Jones is hard to stack. Part alt-country and part blue-collar rocker, she opens her third album with a 19th century hymnal, of all things. Though an odd start, it demonstrates Jones' suave command over her vocals. Her songs are equally well crafted and executed, but her lyrics sometimes falter. Awkward phrasing brings otherwise elegant songs like "Give Me A Moment" and "Hey My DJ" down a few notches.

Things pick up by the sixth track, "Torin's Revolution," as Jones hits a sure-footed stride. A lazy fiddle waves behind her chants and the song transforms into a contemporary line-dance shake-up. Jones' lyrics also get a helpful boost: "Life gets sketchy, people get snakey / Eve left Adam to join a band / I'm a little crazy, so come on pretty baby / Play that voodoo in the palm of your hand."

In "Another Road Trip," she invokes the same jokey attitude present on the album's poppy single, "Overrated." The album winds to a close with a slower number, "Wonderful And Cheaper," which, like much of the album, is a reflective piece backed by a driving guitar solo from Dave Beaney. Jones' vocal layering is a revelation and makes one wish she'd incorporate her vocal talents into her songwriting more often. A secret track at the very end features looped and reversed tracks mixed with masticated vocals. The song is interesting, but it is even more out of place on the album than the opening hymnal.

All told, Jones serves up familiar chord progressions with an unexpected touch that provides for some unique songwriting. Her heady lyrics can sometimes get in the way of a good song, but when she makes a few concessions to her words, the results are powerful. (Reversing Recordings)

www.lauriejones.org

-Len Sousa
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A fan from Maine

My new favorite CD
Laurie's long awaited new CD. It replaced the new Norah Jones in my CD player and has been there ever since. Check out After The Crash and Better Days.
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Thomas Rodin

Groove Magazine- Sweden
LAURIE JONES
REVERSING/HEMIFRÅN


Amerikanska singer/songwritern Laurie Jones
släpper nu sitt tredje album och fortfarande
är det samma mix av americana, folk och
gitarrock som bildar grunden. Men enligt
egen utsago så har hon den här gången även
vävt in infl uenser av gospel och sydstatsrock i
melodierna.
Och resultatet är faktiskt inte alls oävet.
Lauries röst låter både tonsäker och laddad
med attityd och fl ertalet av låtarna får
åtminstone undertecknad att stampa takten.
Särskilt gillar jag den avslappnade attityd och
de sköna riffen som kan avnjutas i trallvänliga
Another road trip. I sina mest poppiga ögon
blick så är hon inne och sniffar på Sheryl
Crows domäner och den här skivan innefattar
fl era låtar som skulle passa fi nfi nt i P4:s
låtlistor i sommar. Musik som gjord för lata
och soliga dagar i hängmattan.
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Dave I.

all aboard for funtime!
My favorite thing about the music industry of the 21st century is indie artists creating music for the sake of their art form and not to pad their wallets. This new self-titled CD by Laurie Jones is a perfect example. She's a great singer-songwriter and lyricist, and her new CD takes us on an incredible musical journey! It's a little bit gospel, a little bit Celtic, with country twang, a whole lotta soul, and just enough punk rock attitude. Buy this CD and listen to the heart-felt lyrics on "Overrated" or "Hey My DJ." You'll hear why I consider Laurie to be one of Americana's most under-rated singer-songwriters and why this CD is one of my favorites.
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Rootstime Belgium

Rootstime Belgium
Deze naar zichzelf getitelde cd brengt Laurie Jones - een zangeres en songschrijfster uit New England in de States - in de schijnwerpers. Dit is al haar derde album waarbij eens te meer haar sterke en krachtige stemgeluid ten volle tot uiting komt. Op haar MySpace-site geeft ze aan beïnvloed te zijn door artiesten als Pretenders, Blondie, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Johnny Cash, Nirvana en Counting Crows. In het korte openingnummer "It Is Well With My Soul" - een 19e eeuwse hymne die a capella wordt gedeclameerd - geeft Laurie Jones al aan dat het haar momenteel goed vergaat. Daarna gaat ze meteen behoorlijk stevig tekeer in de eerste single uit het album "Overrated" waarin ze de muziekindustrie een serieuze veeg uit de pan geeft en klaagt over het feit dat je van muziek alleen niet kan overleven en een vaste dagjob noodzakelijk blijft. Daarna etaleert het verhalende "Give Me A Moment" haar vocale kwaliteiten. De muzikale begeleiding op deze cd komt van haar vaste begeleidingsband bij live-optredens (Walter Howland, Neil Salisbury en Steve Peer) en enkele gastmuzikanten. De songs blenden op een knappe wijze gospel- en countryinvloeden met stevige rockmuziek. "Hey My DJ", "Goat Dance", "Another Road Trip" en "Paradise" zijn daarvan duidelijke illustraties. Maar ook emotionaliteit komt aan bod in enkele nummers die een wat rustiger tempo aanhouden, zoals "Torin's Revolution" met Keltische fiddle-muziek en het mooi gezongen liedje 'I Only Wanted You". Ook afsluiter "Wonderful And Cheaper" is een ballade die zorgt voor een rustig einde van deze cd. Qua stem kan Laurie Jones vergeleken worden met Chrissie Hynde en hier en daar met de soulvolle stembanden van Ani DiFranco. Dit energieke album krijgt het label Americana Roots mee van de redactie maar kan evengoed in de rekken van de popmuziek geklasseerd worden.. (valsam)

Fredi Celis www.rootstime.be
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Reegan Brown

amazing new cd.
The new Laurie Jones cd is amazing. THe lyrics are incredible. Laurie Jones is so talented in writing her lyrics. im so jealous! I hope this isn't the last cd we see from her.
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