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."
CD reviews for Chris Jones
Lonely Come Easy
One has only to look at the personnel listing on his latest album to realize that Chris Jones is a well-regarded figure in bluegrass circles, both as a songwriter and a singer. In addition to the core group of Jones, Ned Luberecki on banjo, Mark Stoffel on mandolin, and Jon Weisberger, bass, there is a 'Who's Who' of supporting players including Emily Bankester, Jeremy Garrett, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Claire Lynch and Sierra Hull.
The big guns don't matter if one is firing »»»
Lost Souls & Free Spirits The Rebel Collection Old & New
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers disc is an anthology with 4 songs from previous releases dating back to 1997 plus 3 new songs. It features a plethora of excellent pickers including Ron Block, Ron Stewart, Darrin Vincent and Rob Ickes as well as the current Night Drivers: Mark Stoffel on mandolin, Jon Weisberger (bass), fellow satellite radio broadcaster Ned Luberecki (banjo) and Jones playing guitar.
An old Delmore Brothers song, Nashville Blues, from a 1998 album is kicked off by mandolin, »»»
Too Far Down the Road
With 20 years behind him as a well-respected gentleman flatpickin' for the likes of Vassar Clements and the Lynn Morris Band, Chris Jones' solo albums have leaned, expectedly, towards the bluegrass genre. With his fifth studio album, Jones ventures into the unfamiliar, though not unwelcome territory, of traditional country.
Working with notable Americana producer and label head Pete Anderson, who lends his talents with all things stringed, Jones has assembled a solid cast that includes »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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