River Jones Music

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River Jones Music
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River Jones Music is a record label owned and operated by multi-instrumentalist and producer River Jones.
Founded 2007
Founder River Jones
Genre Rock
Country of origin United States
Official website www.riverjones.com

River Jones Music is an independent record label founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2007 by River Jones. The label has been home to many developing artists in the western states of America.[1][2][3] The regional start with the collective has been compared to previous label upstarts such as Sub Pop, Saddle Creek, and Merge Records.[4]


The first full-length release was set to be an album by Katy Rose (a collection of song demos done with Beck's musical director Greg Kurstin) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen of Beck, Air (French band), and Nine Inch Nails. In late 2007, River Jones and Katy Rose parted ways. River Jones set out to find artists to produce.[5]

The first Courtney Marie Andrews releases were followed by Michelle Blades' (Niece of Rubén Blades) first full-length album Oh, Nostalgia! and Owl and Penny's first LP Fever Dreams in 2009. In 2010, Steff and the Articles signed a development deal with River Jones Music. Steff and The Articles submitted their self-made self-titled album. Also in 2010, Courtney Marie Andrews' third album titled For One I Knew was produced by Jones and Andrews. Ethan McCracken recorded and mixed part of the album in Seattle, WA. It was mastered by Roger Seibel (of Elliott Smith, Bikini Kill, and Death Cab for Cutie fame), through SAE mastering in Arizona. Andrews was asked to sing on the Jimmy Eat World album Invented and joined the band for a world tour.[6] Courtney Andrews The Buffalo & The Bird was listed as one of the 100 songs that define Arizona.[7]

In 2011, RJM signed its first international artist; Christine Owman from Sweden who released a duet with Mark Lanegan as a single to her debut album. River Jones started focusing his attention on getting Arizona bands known regionally.[1] Jones worked closely with Steff and The Articles and You Me and Apollo as they released new albums on the label.[8] Jones signed Sareena Dominguez to a development deal. Michelle Blades released her third album, Mariana, recorded by River Jones. The label helped local songwriter Dylan Pratt get Arizona shows while Dylan Pratt released his debut album Lifters & Leaners on RJM.[9]

In 2012, River Jones started a weekly radio show National Local. The radio show aired every week on KUKQ and featured up and coming music from the burgeoning Western United States music scene with music from Agent Ribbons, The Blank Tapes, Tele Novella, Dana Falconberry, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, and many more.[10][11] Sareena Dominguez released her first single Moonbeams.[12] The music video was directed by Laura Belle of Tobacco Films.

In 2013, the label started an expansion of the entire west coast while connecting bands and signing more active and touring bands to the roster.[13]

River Jones self produced a solo album that premiered at SXSW 2017 and collaborated with actress Lorelei Linklater. [14]

Current Artists[edit]

River Jones & Lorelei Linklater

Past Artists[edit]

Courtney Marie Andrews


  1. ^ a b Fossum, Melissa (January 17, 2011). "River Jones & Friends Music Festival at The Paisley Violin Last Night". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  2. ^ Meyer, Mike (July 30, 2009). "Courtney Marie Andrews Gives a Glimpse into a Teen Girl's World". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Bartkowski, Becky (November 30, 2009). "Show Review: Final Folk Festival at Modified". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ "River Jones Music Label" (PDF). NPR Wavelength Magazine. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ Jansen, Steve (April 2010). "New Times By the Time I Get to Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  6. ^ Ventre, Sarah (October 2010). "Jimmy Eat World @ Marquee Theatre". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  7. ^ Woodbury, Jason (February 2012). "100 Songs that Define Arizona". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  8. ^ Fossum, Melissa (August 2011). "New Times You Me and Apollo on Songwriting, Divorce, and Sharing a Name With a Self-Help Book". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Bring It All Back Home - The Story of RJM". DamienJoyce.com. January 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  10. ^ Woodbury, Jason (May 2012). "KUKQ Phoenix Locks in Programming Schedule". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  11. ^ Phoenix, KUKQ (May 2013). "National Local on KUKQ with River Jones (5.20.13 Playlist)". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  12. ^ Farah, Troy (February 2013). "Sareena Dominguez: "I Wouldn't Say I'm 'Super Folk'"". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  13. ^ Carly, Carly (January 12, 2013). "The New River Jonses'"". Yab Yum Arts. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  14. ^ "SXSW"". SXSW. January 22, 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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