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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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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The school of album reviews

| February 20, 2013 | 7 Comments
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No recording artist likes bad reviews. In fact, most recording artists are pretty unhappy with reviews that are even mediocre. When was the last time you heard an artist say, “Well, it was a pretty bad review, but it was fair. Our material was a […]

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Check out my new CD: Album Name Here

| February 13, 2013 | 11 Comments
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After a new recording project is mastered, photos have been taken, perhaps someone has been hired to write some liner notes, you’ve replaced the tracks of the guitar player who just quit, one of the last jobs still remains, and it’s sometimes not an easy […]

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If Band A leaves Nashville traveling at 70 mph…

| February 6, 2013 | 4 Comments
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You may recall that last week we started a discussion of band travel options, which are numerous, ranging from private jet (should I wait for the laughter to subside before continuing?) to private, near-dead burro. This week I thought we’d examine a few of the […]

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Getting there is half the battle

| January 30, 2013 | 5 Comments
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One of the basic requirements of any professional band is to be able to get to the gig, wherever it might be. It’s one (sometimes the only) common bond we all share. Some bands carry a P.A. system, some do not. Even in the world […]

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Just what do you mean by that?

| January 23, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Last week I was preoccupied with another side business I have, which is the raising of prize miniature llamas (one of the llamas had gone off her feed and would eat nothing but stir-fried alfalfa pellets, and the whole thing got very labor intensive). I […]

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Bluegrass to English translations

| January 16, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Chris Jones, our dutiful chronicler of bluegrass whimsy, found himself low on time this week, so we are re-running this clever column, originally published in April 2012. People that are new to bluegrass music sometimes need some help in translating our jargon. Hearing that someone is […]

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2013 Bluegrass Knowledge Test

| January 9, 2013 | 16 Comments
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Well, it’s that time of year again (isn’t it always?). I really had no follow-up to that statement; it just seemed like a snappy way to begin this column. It’s at least safe to say that it’s a time of year again. It’s that awkward […]

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Least Important Bluegrass Stories of 2012

| January 2, 2013 | 5 Comments
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I hope it’s been a wonderful holiday season for you so far. The date of this column’s publication being January 2nd, let me be the first to wish you a very happy Ninth Day of Christmas. Yes, in spite of Bluegrass Today and Rhonda Vincent’s […]

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