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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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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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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