You might not expect one the hottest acts in Americana music to come from an exotic animal farm in Mount Dora. But that’s exactly where Laney Jones was raised.
Jones and her band, the Spirits, are headlining the WMNF Americana Fest on Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. It gets going at 3 p.m. and goes well into the night. It’s an outdoor venue, so prepared to be a little hot in the late afternoon. (If it rains there’s a roof you can duck under.)
Jones sings and plays banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica. In January, she was featured on the PBS series “Great Performances.”
Also on the lineup are Cory Branan, whose music combines punk, blues, country and classic rock; Troy Youngblood & the Soulfish, who play soul blues; Big Shoals, who were a hit at the last year’s Americana Fest; Roy Schneider (accompanied by Kim Mayfield), who performs a rootsy mix of blues, country, folk and Americana; Connor Zwetsch, whose debut EP “What Comes After” came out last year; Tampa-based acoustic rock ensemble American Song Box; Ben Jarrell and the Wildwood Weeds, who play bluegrass, ragtime, folk, blues and country; Joe Milligan Project, a diverse group of musicians who play a range of styles from stripped-down acoustic folk and country to rock ’n’ roll energy; Mitch Lind & The Lagerheads, led by Lind, the founder of the Riverhawk and Stringbreak festivals; and Rosewood Creek, a St. Petersburg Americana and roots-rock band.