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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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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Skin-thickening potions and Cajun dentists

| March 13, 2013 | 15 Comments
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Last week I received my first major blowback from a Bluegrass Today column of mine. I never like to offend people, and it is never my intention to do so. I said as much in my reply to the comment. I appreciate and try to […]

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Festivals 2013: bread, butter and demographic pie

| March 6, 2013 | 17 Comments
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Are bluegrass festivals successful? The answer, in 2013 (I prefer to work in the present because it’s so now-ish), is an unequivocal “yes” and “no.” It all depends on who you talk to and how you define “success.” For some, success is achieved when you […]

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Grassy-as-funk and capo-driven

| February 27, 2013 | 10 Comments
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Last week, we deliberately inflicted pain on ourselves and discussed the topic of album reviews, with actual samples (that I made up, but does it really matter?). Specifically, we examined the categories of the Everybody Gets a Rave and the Just the Facts styles of […]

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