Chris Jones drops bluegrass single
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
– Chris Jones & The Night Drivers return today with a new single - the title track of their forthcoming Rebel Records release, "Lonely Comes Easy."
Available to consumers at iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores, the single recasts the song - written and first recorded by Jones on his country-flavored "Too Far Down The Road" (2006) - in a bluegrass vein, sketching through telling details the portrait of a man and his not-so-swinging bachelor pad. Instrumental work is provided by the Night Drivers, while IBMA Momentum Award Vocalist of the Year Emily Bankester joins Night Driver Mark Stoffel on harmonies.
The full "Lonely Come Easy" album, which features original material contributed by all of the Night Drivers, is slated for an Aug. 27 release. The disc is the first in four years to feature almost all new songs and follows the mostly retrospective "Lost Souls & Free Spirits: The Rebel Collection."
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