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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Rural rumors and campground legends

| June 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
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We’ve all been the recipient of urban legends or scams at one time, forwarded to us by email. In one of my early posts here, I passed along one in which an African prince had a Lloyd Loar and a pre-war herringbone he wanted to […]

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Re-imagining murder ballads in the age of social media

| May 29, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Last week we attempted to blame bluegrass music’s violent side on one man: Little Willie, the Scapegoat, we’ll call him. It works as a theory too, because without all the girlfriendicide (the technical term) committed by Willie, bluegrass songs would be dominated by sad love […]

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It’s enough to give you the Willies

| May 22, 2013 | 11 Comments
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A Bluegrass Junction listener—we’ll call her “Laura” (because that was her name)—emailed me recently, pointing out that there are an awful lot of bluegrass songs in which women are murdered. After much thought and reflection, I gave her this subtly nuanced answer: “Yes.” I’ve never […]

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Potato… patahto

| May 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Is it “Mon-ROE” or “MUN-roe”? Is how we pronounce bluegrass names important? It probably is, yet it’s not always as simple as it might seem. Do we pronounce people’s names the way they would pronounce them themselves, or do we just say those names the […]

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Spargel… get your Spargel!

| May 8, 2013 | 3 Comments
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I’m on a flight across North America right now, the second of three legs of my trip home from our recent European tour. This seemed like a good time to write this column, because for one thing the deadline is almost here, and for another, […]

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New award category of the year by a bi-national satirist

| April 17, 2013 | 7 Comments
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Early spring brings its familiar signs: the start of the baseball season, the blooming of daffodils, and in the northern states and Canada, a seemingly endless supply of mud. Late spring will be here before we know it, though, and with it a sign of […]

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Capotasto and the flat 1

| April 10, 2013 | 4 Comments
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In his comment on last week’s column about stage communication, Dick Bowden requested that I write a follow-up article on band members who don’t know the number system. I don’t as a rule answer this kind of request, unless it’s accompanied by a garbage bag […]

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Seinfeld in Gnash… kick it off!

| April 3, 2013 | 10 Comments
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Well, I was going to continue the discussion we were having about on-stage communication, but it’s gotten too loud in here to be heard (cyberspace can be so noisy!), so I guess I’ll just call out the numbers with my fingers and get back to […]

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Music Stands and Meaningful Looks

| March 27, 2013 | 3 Comments
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On-stage communication between musicians can take many forms and is required for a variety of purposes, some vitally important, some completely unnecessary but at least amusing. One of the biggest reasons for communication during a show is to assist someone in the band who may […]

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Festival Food: it’s what’s for dinner

| March 20, 2013 | 7 Comments
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Vendors, especially food and beverage vendors, at a bluegrass festival can sometimes be like an oasis from the elements, a blessed port in a storm. Think of the times you’ve been at a hot and humid festival in late July; you’ve lost five pounds in […]

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