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Live from Illinois, it's Chris Jones and the Night Drivers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Bluegrass band Chris Jones and the Night Drivers announced Tuesday they will release a live album, "Live At The Old Feed Store," independently on Oct. 7.

Joining Jones as the Night Drivers are bassist Jon Weisberger, mandolin player Mark Stoffel, and banjo man Ned Luberecki.

The release will feature originals like "Battle of the Bands" (a soon-to-be-released single co-written by Weisberger and previously recorded by Jones for The 1861 Project), "Like a Hawk" and "Follow Your Heart," the latter of which was co-written by Jones and features guest vocalist Sally Jones. The album also offers concert staples like "Bound To Ride," "Cabin Of Death" and "Edelweiss," along with a new version of a George Jones song ("I Cried Myself Awake") that Jones first recorded more than 20 years ago as a member of the Special Consensus. Emily Bankester of The Bankesters guests on the original song "Then I Close My Eyes."

The album was recorded at the Old Feed Store in Cobden, Ill. on 2 successive nights in the summer of 2013 and mixed by Mark Stoffel.

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Run Away Tonight CD review - Run Away Tonight
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Live at the Old Feed Store CD review - Live at the Old Feed Store
What is a band to do between studio recordings? If you are Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers, you return to a comfortable haunt-in this case, The Old Feed Store in Cobden, Ill., and just let the (digital) tape roll. You include audience favorites - mandolinist Mark Stoffel's rendition of "Edelweiss," paired with "Forked Deer" and banjoist Ned Luberecki's 'perfect bluegrass song' "Cabin of Death" - and some songs recorded long ago - "I'm »»»
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Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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