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!

| 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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Bluegrass Song Characters – Where Are They Now?

| August 21, 2013 | 4 Comments
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People always seem interested in where music celebrities, or lesser-known one-hit wonder types, have disappeared to. I seem to recall VH-1, or one of those channels, devoting a whole show to the subject. I think people get a particular kick out of seeing a star […]

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World of Bluegrass 2013 attendee quiz

| August 14, 2013 | 4 Comments
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This marks the first time I’ve ever composed one of these on a smart phone (my manual typewriter is in the shop). I’ll be using a lot of short words or words suggested by the washcloth, even if it’s not really the word I’m looking […]

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What your fast food choices say about you

| August 7, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Judging by the hate mail, the slashed tires, and the kidnapping of my goldfish, I’d say last week’s column was a little too edgy. And I guess I understand; after all, what could be more controversial than suggesting that entertainers avoid controversy? For the next […]

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Take my preacher (or my Congressman)… please

| July 31, 2013 | 4 Comments
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This was the column I was hoping to get someone else to write for me. It was the one that was supposed to deal with the issue of politics and/or religion in stage MC work. I called some pretty reliable friends who I thought would […]

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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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