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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Do’s and Don’ts for bluegrass MCs

| July 24, 2013 | 2 Comments
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This is the third in a series on stage-show MC work. In the previous installment, I tried to  answer a few frequently asked questions (or FAQ, for those in a hurry), covering issues like who should do most of the talking in a band situation, […]

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Hey! You’re stepping on my microphone cable!

| July 17, 2013 | 8 Comments
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Last week I tried to break on-stage MC work down to basics to make the mission seem less daunting for anyone who may find speaking to an audience intimidating. To sum up and review: you’re just trying to make the audience feel welcome and feel […]

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We don’t talk between songs on our CD

| July 10, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Something that you or your band must eventually face (besides a non-existent retirement plan), is that at some point, usually no more than three or four songs into a show, you will have to say something to your audience. With the proliferation of music camps, […]

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That’s Nothing… Listen To This!

| July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Somewhere deep in my file of road stories, I have an unpleasant recollection of spreading out a sleeping bag on the ground behind a truckstop in the former Yugoslavia (because there was no room at the inn), surrounded by empty bottle crates and a few […]

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Bluegrass conspiracies pop up again

| June 26, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Greetings from the road. My family and I are en route from Alberta to Nashville before we head to Morganton, NC. For that reason, we’re pulling one out of the archives about bluegrass conspiracy theories. Bear in mind that this was written before the IBMA […]

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And who shall wear the robe and crown?

| June 19, 2013 | 8 Comments
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People have lately been asking me to explain the hierarchy of bluegrass music (and by “people,” I mean my cousin Jimmy). Other than knowing that Bill Monroe is “The Father of Bluegrass,” I had to admit that I hadn’t given it much thought. Now I […]

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Lions, tigers, and… bluegrass impersonators!

| June 12, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Recently we discussed bluegrass urban legends, but it has since come to my attention that we have a lot bigger things to worry about, and no, I’m not talking about the worrisome deflation of banjo strap prices due to cheap imported straps flooding the market. […]

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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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