Tag: Chris Jones

Are you my Fearless Leader?

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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There are at least a few different categories of bluegrass band leader personalities. All have their good and bad points. There can be a wide range too, from the Benito Mussolini school of management, to the style of the touchy-feely “team coordinator” of a local […]

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Theme Time and other radiophonic devices

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I have tended to shy away from themes in my radio work. With the classic bluegrass show I do for SiriusXM called Truegrass, I’ll occasionally do tributes to some of the bluegrass greats in honor of a special occasion like their birthday, their death, or […]

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Bluegrass, euphemistically speaking

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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What with the heart of the road season upon us and some extra radio work this week, I’m taking this Wednesday (and 15 minutes on Thursday) off. Here then is a column I wrote a couple of years ago about bluegrass euphemisms, in case you […]

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Scrambled eggs and burning bread

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you’re a songwriter, you may still have the original pad of paper you wrote the rough drafts of your songs on. Remember that even some of the songs we consider masterpieces probably had some temporary filler lines or lines that were ultimately replaced with […]

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Aren’t you getting a bit personal?

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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There’s been an exciting new development at Bluegrass Today. I think it’s even bigger than the recent breaking of the personnel change story that rocked the industry: “Brian Hampton to Kryspy Rydge.” It may even be bigger than the installation of the new water cooler […]

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In sooth, just a village and a homestead

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The four stomachs of a cow are the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum, and the abomasum. What does this have to do with bluegrass, you may be asking, aside from a cow ingesting actual blue grass and sending it straight into the rumen? It’s an […]

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Name that tune – any old words will do

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I thought it might be time to revisit the subject of naming instrumentals because I’ve discovered that musicians are still struggling with this task. The most recent example is on our own CD getting set for release this summer (here’s where a crass, self-promoting type […]

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Video sneak peek from Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music has released a pair of singles from Run Away Tonight, their upcoming debut project with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. Or perhaps you might say they have released a single, with a digital-style A and B side. The album isn’t due […]

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Bludgeon or bluegrass? Fun with predictive text

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Do you need a publicist? A publicist will tell you yes, and issue a press release to that effect. Personally, I love publicists, especially the ones I have now (trying hard to score points here). For me, they’re absolutely necessary. For one thing, I hate […]

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Headlines you’ll never see at Bluegrass Today

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I’m certainly not up on every music trend, and certainly not every entertainment headline grabs my attention. We live, after all, in a world of too much information (“Bob Dylan’s goldfish ‘Henry’ dies of natural causes”), but this one definitely caught my eye this week: […]

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