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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Name that tune – any old words will do

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I thought it might be time to revisit the subject of naming instrumentals because I’ve discovered that musicians are still struggling with this task. The most recent example is on our own CD getting set for release this summer (here’s where a crass, self-promoting type […]

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Bludgeon or bluegrass? Fun with predictive text

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Do you need a publicist? A publicist will tell you yes, and issue a press release to that effect. Personally, I love publicists, especially the ones I have now (trying hard to score points here). For me, they’re absolutely necessary. For one thing, I hate […]

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Headlines you’ll never see at Bluegrass Today

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I’m certainly not up on every music trend, and certainly not every entertainment headline grabs my attention. We live, after all, in a world of too much information (“Bob Dylan’s goldfish ‘Henry’ dies of natural causes”), but this one definitely caught my eye this week: […]

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Least-heard Phrases and Sayings in Bluegrass Music

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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No one likes negativity except those who dish it out, and even those people only like their own negativity. I also hate to be negative on the last Wednesday of May, because you know the old saying, “He who is negative on the last Wednesday […]

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For Memorial Day, proceed to the route

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Memorial Day weekend is sort of a milestone in the year. It’s the unofficial start of summer. The fashion people also tell us it’s now okay to wear white shoes (lime green leisure suit optional). Canada celebrates a long weekend the week before, this […]

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Euphemistically elevated employment explications

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I received a promotional email from a publicist (not a “for-your-consideration-vote-for-me-in-the-first-round” email, not that there’s anything wrong with that) that had a wonderful detail in it that I almost missed: it was a music business job title that was nothing short of inspired. There was […]

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Are you afraid of bluegrass music?

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The first ballot for the IBMA awards has gone out. Did you receive a “for your consideration” mass e-mail from me or one of my surrogates? I hope not, because I didn’t send one (not that I wouldn’t love to have your vote). That means […]

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Thinking of retirement? Think again

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week here, we discussed what careers might be appropriate for a professional bluegrass musician who has taken the daring and rare step of actually retiring. It should be noted that the few bluegrass musicians who do quit the business tend to come back within […]

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Is there life after bluegrass… even for banjo players?

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Is there possible gainful employment after being a professional bluegrass musician most of your life? I realize it’s a question that very few full time bluegrass pros ever ask, because they almost never retire. Sometimes they stop working, but that’s not necessarily the same thing. No, […]

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The Story Before The Song

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Even if I’ve seemed dazed and/or confused by the origins of some of the songs we sing, I was nonetheless thrilled to recently discover a whole set of prequels to some of these traditional standards. They were collected by the renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. William “Squeaky” […]

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