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Dee Anderson

Dee Anderson

I received my first guitar when I was 10 years old and that started me on a journey of discovering all types of music. Performing in a rock band in my teen years, studying classical music as a vocal major in college, finding jazz, musical theater and opera as a young adult, guitar was still my first love. Learning technical aspects of sound and lighting, most recently in Las Vegas, I have had the privilege of working on many shows with many very talented performers giving me a unique perspective on all types of genres. Music is life.
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Laney Jones- 8,000 miles on the road

 

Driving into town in her big black van, Laney Jones shows up with a passion for her music that cannot be denied.  Having gone to college for International Business she left to study music at Berkley in Boston, Mass.  Music again took over and she left Berkley after a year and a half.

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Her career started in her home town outside of Orlando, Florida. Country, bluegrass roots took here to Nashville.  Writing and singing for commercials became a way to support herself while she continued writing her own music and performing.  One of the highlights so far has been a performance at the Kennedy Center for Allison Kraus.

Now on her second six week long west coast tour and having put 8,000 miles on her big black van, she is out supporting her new album “Laney Jones”

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Listening to her music the country, bluegrass background is apparent, but she has added some rock and roll sounds that she describes as a late 60’s early 70’s vibe.  Adding an electric bass, electric guitar and drums to her acoustic guitar, uke and banjo, the sound is energetic and fun. Her lyrics run  a wide range of emotions with a sincerity that is easily relatable to any age group.

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Having worked to get her album released for a year with an independent producer, she also had to learn about sales and distribution. It was a labor of love with the bonus of being able to  perform in all the different shows, in all the different places. Her band mate Matthew acts as the groups manager and coordinates all things “band”.

She continues to work on new material constantly and tries to perform a lot of it while on tour to see the audience reaction. Every experience this 24 year old has motivates her to write and fans the flames that fuels her desire to perform all over the country.

Laney Jones and the Spirits will be returning to the northwest to perform at “Sisters Music Festival” later this summer.

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Opening for Laney was T. Nile from the west coast of Canada. She is traveling the west coast in support of her album which was released in March in the U.S.

Showing up with her enormous pedal board, electric guitar, banjo, thump board and foot tambourine, she is a one woman band.  Having toured with her Dad, who was a street musician, when she was young, she said this particular route had many memories and it felt almost like home.

Heartfelt, is the only word that describes her lyrics along with the haunting melodies that accompany those lyrics.  This was her last stop on this four week tour and the look in her eye said she wanted to get home. Even being tired, she gave the audience her all.

 

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