Since picking up the banjo just a few years ago, songwriter and bandleader Laney Jones of Laney Jones and the Spirits has made some huge changes. From playing rural Florida watering holes, she moved to performing on PBS next to Alison Krauss and licensing music for Disney Pixar. Now, for her self-titled March release, Jones has developed a more mature sound closer to rock 'n' roll than to the roots music for which she used to be known. With the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer David Plakon (Wild Child, Young Rapids and Roadkill Ghost Choir), Jones and her band have put together a collection of "retro majestic" songs that reflect the singer-songwriters of the '60s and '70s while working in modern elements and innovations, creating a folk rock record that contains multiple sonic surprises.
The Novel Ideas are a quintet of friends from Massachusetts playing country folk music. Featuring the voices of three different songwriters, the band blends multiple types of Americana, from pastoral to plaintive. After touring nationally for a year in support of their 10" single "Lost on the Road," which featured new music and introduced the band's foray into a five-piece unit, they went to Los Angeles in 2014 to record a new full-length album. They worked with producer Rick Parker (Lord Huron) on this album, whose release is yet to be announced. The Novel Ideas have shared the stage with Lord Huron, the Oh Hellos, and Little Green Cars, and they are currently touring nationally.
Singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella is also a local farmer and a self-described independent woman and dork. With a voice that is described as “honeyed but with a mild rasp" and a children's guitar from the '60s, she combines fingerstyle picking and rhythmic strumming with powerful lyrics.