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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Oozing tension and other studio tips

| October 30, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Going into the studio to record is something that all professional and semi-professional (and in some cases, complete amateur) musicians will do at some point in their careers, usually early and often. The studio, as anyone with experience can tell you, is a world full […]

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By the Mark… Wahlberg

| October 23, 2013 | 18 Comments
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Often when I have been on the receiving end of interview questions, and particularly when the interviewers are from outside the bluegrass community, I’ll get a question about the growth of bluegrass music and the general level of interest in it these days. My answers […]

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Merch Table Etiquette and Avian Scat

| October 16, 2013 | 14 Comments
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A while back, I wrote here about bluegrass artists’ accessibility to fans, and about some of the interesting things people say to artists at their merchandise tables. Those that aren’t used to approaching people they don’t know and criticizing their work, clothing, or weight, might […]

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Irony, schmirony… free speech in bluegrass

| October 9, 2013 | 16 Comments
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Well, if you’ve followed Bluegrass Today at all in the last week, you know there really is something more newsworthy and controversial than a government shutdown. It turns out to be the fact that a bluegrass artist decided to stop performing a song. As much […]

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Really? I thought they had moved last year

| October 2, 2013 | 5 Comments
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Generally, when I write these around the week of the IBMA World of Bluegrass, I like to keep them extremely short, to match the nights of sleep I’ve had, and the attention span I have as a result. I guess that about does it, then. […]

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You’ll get some great exposure

| September 25, 2013 | 8 Comments
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A reader recently asked if I would consider, at some point, addressing the issue of playing for free. I replied: “Sure, for 80 bucks I will.” After some negotiation, my fee was reduced to barter payment of a used lime green iPhone cover, and a […]

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Wet banjo contest – it’s come to this

| September 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Shortly after the announcements of the IBMA Awards nominations, an important discussion was started here in Bluegrass Today about the award nominations and voting process. Many readers joined in with ideas, constructive criticism, and in some cases, good old-fashioned griping. With the IBMA World of […]

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Name That Tune!

| September 11, 2013 | 3 Comments
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One of the many creative challenges facing songwriters (besides paying this month’s utility bill) is the naming of a new song. This is frequently done after the song is written, and sometimes it feels like a big decision. Unlike a band name, once you register […]

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Bluegrass dream analysis redux

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Comment
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This column from Chris Jones is a reprise of one from March 2012 – with a new introductory paragraph. Some time ago, I published a list of topics for bluegrass music camp elective classes that, based on trial and unmistakable error, were deemed colossal failures […]

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Bluegrass song epilogues

| August 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
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Last week, after passing along some of the findings in my research into the whereabouts of some familiar characters in bluegrass songs, I received some questions, comments, and suggestions. The suggestions, which mostly involved where I should go, and what I should do when I […]

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