Hometown: Eugene, OR
Sounds Like: Jerry Jeff Walker, Ry Cooder, David Wilcox Music, John Hiatt, Xavier Cugat
Genre: Singer Songwriter
"Lea Jones is one of Oregon's finest musicians." Jivin' Johnny Etheredge, Son of Saturday Gold, KRVM-FM (2013)
"Fans of David Wilcox and Shawn Colvin will have another favorite here..." Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon, US.
"We find your demo tape sucks hard." Bomp Records (1985)
"Lea has a classic, brassy country voice and sounds like a legendary songwriter from the first listen; with a delivery that would be the envy of an Grand-Old-Opry regular. Intelligent presence and songwriting sense with a playful smirk threaded through an entrancing solo set." Drew Ferraro, Folklife Cafe Emcee, Folklife 2013
Lea Jones was a New Song National Finalist in 2004. He has performed all over the country: Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, the Folklife Festival, the National Mall, the Willamette Valley Folk Festival, the Eugene Celebration... Lea has been involved in the release of five or six albums, mostly of his own original music, mainly self-produced. He recently resurfaced in Eugene, Oregon after wandering in the wilderness for 20 years.
His original material is featured on the playlist here on ReverbNation as well as over at
His solo set(s) can include classic Americana covers from Rodney Crowell, Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash, The Band, Neil, Jerry, Van, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michelle Shocked and like that....Or he can go all folky with the likes of Sis Cunningham, Gene Ritchie, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Tom Paxton, Steve Goodman, Norman Blake, etc... Lately (2014) he's been channeling Phil Harris, Jimmy Dean, and Sly Stone acapella.
You get the idea. Good all-around showman, good songs, good gear, good taste, good playing, and real good singing.
“Lea has a classic, brassy country voice and sounds like a legendary songwriter.... with a delivery that would be the envy of a Grand Old Opry regular. Intelligent presence and songwriting sense with a playful smirk threaded through an entrancing solo set.”
Drew Ferraro, Folklife Cafe Emcee - NW Folklife Festival
“Lea is one of Oregon's finest musicians. I'm on his mailing list. I wanna be where he's playing! Lea is...one of my favorite singers... a clever songwriter... an eclectic mix of polished originals and well-chosen covers.. and he knows how to keep an audience entertained.”
Jivin' Johnny Etheredge - KRVM
“Lea has an amazing voice and excellent stage
presence. He also has a fine understanding of the technical aspects of producing live music. A true professional, it is always a pleasure working
Scott Landfield - Tsunami Books Inc.
“I highly recommend Lea Jones for his songwriting, musicianship, professionalism, versatility, stage presence, audio skills and likeability.”
Ken Babbs (Kapn of the Skypilots) - Who Shot the Water Buffalo?
“Fans of folk-influenced singers (Shawn Colvin, David Wilcox, et al) will have another favorite if they wisely choose to introduce themselves to this talented neighbor.
Willamette Week, Portland
“This man was some performer.. He sang a wide-ranging set of original tunes with a dry witty stage presence that had the audience eating out of his hand.”
Frank Gosar (Saturday Morning Cafe - KLCC) - Willamette Valley Folk Festival - Eugene
"Feel-good music in the truest sense!"
Willamette Week, Portland