Author Archive: Chris Jones

Chris Jones wears many hats in his bluegrass career. In addition to leading his own band, with whom he tours and records, Jones is an award-winning broadcaster and songwriter.

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Meet the Rob Ickes of rice

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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My very first column for Bluegrass Today was written right before the IBMA World of Bluegrass of 2011, held in Nashville. It contained some recommendations for maintaining your health during what can be a very stressful week. I would write something similar in anticipation of […]

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No answers here, or El Presidente’s brain

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA World of Bluegrass is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to attend, you probably still have plenty of questions you may be asking yourself. Let me just say up front that I have no informed answers to give, unless your question is “where […]

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The Bluegrass name game

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Do you ever play the name games? I’m referring to the cute methods of generating your own alternate name for a specific occupation. For example, you can arrive at your stage name by combining your middle name with the name of the street on which […]

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Finding your zone… without fisticuffs

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Many people ask me (though I should say that I use a very broad definition of the word “many”) what performers do before a show to get mentally and perhaps spiritually prepared. How do they get in what is often referred to as “the zone”? […]

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What’s wrong with bluegrass?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s been a while since we discussed the IBMA breakaway organization, the ABMA, which stands for the Argumentative Bluegrass Music Association. They formed a few years ago and built themselves on the principle that nothing advances our music more than arguing about it. They held […]

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Free bluegrass personality test

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Some people have difficulty in the music field because they discover too late that they’re in the wrong side of the business for their personality. A person who is a wonderful sideman or woman may be a disaster as a band leader. The same leadership […]

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Bluegrass band retention strategies

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week I promised to give a few tips for band leaders on how to keep band members longer. Or, if that really isn’t a big priority for you (and for some band leaders it isn’t), a few suggestions on how to get rid of […]

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Friends Forever!

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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What makes some bands stay together for years and others have perpetual personnel changes? If you answered, “the one that stays together for years has never taken a current band photo or purchased an expensive vehicle together,” congratulations! You’re a regular reader, and I really […]

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What I did at Summer Kamp

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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‘Tis the season for the bluegrass music camp, and my band and I just returned recently from a great week at Camp Bluegrass, held annually at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. In a typical music camp of any kind, there are the regular instrument classes […]

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Band photos – don’t do it!

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chris Jones has found himself stuck in a whirlwind this week, and has offered this re-run of one of his first columns for our enjoyment. Quite some time ago (I think it was just after the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs and the Beatles) I […]

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