Get in the spirit

Band: Laney Jones & the Spirits
When: Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Listening Room, 78 S. Francis St., Mobile,
Tickets: $15 artist donation at the door

Laney Jones has a gift for songwriting that she did not discover until her college years. Her love and dedication for the art led her away from her international business degree and into the Florida music scene. Her organic, countrified Americana sound quickly earned her a dedicated audience which included Alison Krauss. Before she was even signed, Jones was performing at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Now Jones is touring in support of her latest album. Those familiar with her are in for a surprise with this self-titled album, in which she delves into a genre she calls “Retro Majestic.” According to Jones, the album is the culmination of a variety of personal muses from the ‘60s and ‘70s, in both rock and country.

“I think it derives from my love for older music,” she said. “It’s everything from the early country and alt. country to Wilco’s early beginnings, and even the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s like Velvet Underground.”

Considering The Listening Room’s namesake environment, Jones’ audience can expect the set to lean heavily toward music from her latest album. Even though it has just hit the streets, Jones also will be performing material written since the album dropped. Fans of her Americana side should not be disappointed, as she also plans to perform her more folk-friendly material.

Cock-a-doodle blues

Band: Mule Fest 2016 featuring Rooster Blues
Date: Saturday,
March 26, at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St.,
Tickets: Call 251-694-6853 for more info.

For over two weeks, Mule Fest 2016 has inundated LoDa with night after night of musical entertainment. A festival of this magnitude requires an exciting grand finale and Mule Fest is doing just that, with a performance from Rooster Blues. This band’s visits to the Azalea City can be rare and elusive, but each performance is a reminder of this band’s raw, powerful sound.

Rooster Blues consists of brothers Judson and Joel Vance. Overall, this Mississippi guitar/drum duo specializes in a grimy style of garage blues rock that sometimes runs into carefree tangents that could be considered psychedelic. The Vance brothers can also plunge their sets into a spiral of epic backwoods jams. Since the rise of The White Stripes, many musical acts have focused on the guitar/drum set-up, with lackluster results. Rooster Blues’ live performances and studio work effortlessly conjures the pure rock energy of a full band.

BBQ & Christina Christian Duo

Band: The Christina Christian Duo
Date: Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m.
Venue: Moe’s Original BBQ, 20733 Miflin Road (Foley),
Tickets: Free

When Moe’s Original BBQ opened its Daphne location, it quickly gained regulars with their great food and live music. Now Moe’s has several locations on the Alabama Gulf Coast, with Foley one of its newest franchises. Keeping with tradition, the Foley location is also providing musical entertainment for its diners. Singer-songwriter Christina Christian’s homegrown tunes should be a perfect complement to Moe’s backyard fare.

Christian is one of many talented singer-songwriters frequenting venues across the Mobile Bay area. With gentle strums across the acoustic guitar, Christian delivers her songs with a warm passion that shows her artistic dedication. 2016 has been a big year for her. She recently was selected to tour as a part of the Last Honky-Tonk Music Series, which involved traveling through 35 different states. According to her website, her listeners can also expect new music in the near future.