Mountain Home signs Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
– Chris Jones & the Night Drivers signed a record deal with Mountain Home Music, it was announced Wednesday.
The band will head into the studio soon to work on a second-quarter 2015 release.
"We've been very impressed by the quality of Mountain Home's roster and the strong record of results they've achieved in bluegrass music and beyond," Jones said. "We're extremely excited about this opportunity to join the Mountain Home family."
Jones formed the quartet in 1995. Night Drivers bass player Jon Weisberger is a recipient of 3 IBMA awards himself, including its inaugural Songwriter of the Year title, and is currently Chairman of the IBMA's Board of Directors. Banjo player Ned Luberecki is a Bluegrass Junction. Mandolin player Mark Stoffel a German native, is a professor of media at Southern Illinois University.
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Live at the Old Feed Store
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