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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Writes a great hook, and can stay back on the change up

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Back in the days when I served on the IBMA Board, as I think I’d mentioned in a previous column, it was a simpler and less stressful time, a time before social media and the clip-on tuner. I also pointed out that my biggest accomplishment […]

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Okay, guys, let’s try the bass

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m over in Scotland for the next week or so on what is supposed to be an actual vacation (I’ve never taken one of those), so I’ve asked John Lawless if I could rerun the sound series I wrote a few years ago. I didn’t […]

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I still can’t hear the banjo

| May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I’m over in Scotland for the next week or so on what is supposed to be an actual vacation (I’ve never taken one of those), so I’ve asked John Lawless if I could rerun the sound series I wrote a few years ago. I didn’t […]

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Choose the “option” option and select “select”

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week’s column about Facebook fan pages generated a few reader questions, and I wanted to field those before moving on to other subjects. I spoke to a young man who considers himself an expert in the area of social media, to see if he’d […]

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Facebook fan pages: dos and don’ts

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ever since Facebook came on the scene, making people in vast portions of the world up to 58% less productive in their lives, bluegrass musicians, bands, associations, and other related businesses have tried to use it for promotional and networking purposes, with mixed success. When […]

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The dreaded gender switch in song lyrics

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week, I experimented with changing lyrics to some of our time-honored murder ballads, and most agreed with me that the results were less-than ideal, even though some lives were saved in the process. Some would even suggest that it’s never appropriate to change the […]

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Thomas Bowdler examines bluegrass lyrics

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I heard recently from a SiriusXM listener who was bothered by the fact that we seem to play a lot of violent–even brutal–songs. She made the point that there was already plenty of violence in our media and culture, and that bluegrass music shouldn’t be […]

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What’s your BKR? Take the test and find out!

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here it is April already and I’ve completely neglected the annual bluegrass quiz, which was originally intended to be a New Year’s feature. That’s just the way the first quarter of this year has been going. I expect to get started on my taxes next […]

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Would you like some logo-stamped artisan batteries with that?

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We could learn a thing or two from The Roosevelts. I’m not referring to the recent Ken Burns series, but rather to a self-described “southern-raised indie rock” duo out of Nashville. These Roosevelts are breaking some new ground in the area of artist merchandising: they’re […]

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2016 Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The first day of spring has past, Easter’s almost here, and that means that it’s time for our annual feature (except for the years when I forget to do it): Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician. For those who have just begun playing music professionally, […]

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