Tag: Chris Jones

IBMA journal – ying or yang

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This is midweek of the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. I’m enjoying the week, possibly because my really hard day doesn’t come until Thursday, when I’ll be participating in a morning seminar (“Yoga on a moving bus: healthy or dangerous?”), going to an […]

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Chris Jones signs with Mountain Home

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have signed a contract with Mountain Home Music Company, and will release their next two projects with the North Carolina label. This will not include Chris’ upcoming album, Live At The Old Feed Store, which he will release independently next week. The […]

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Meet the Rob Ickes of rice

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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My very first column for Bluegrass Today was written right before the IBMA World of Bluegrass of 2011, held in Nashville. It contained some recommendations for maintaining your health during what can be a very stressful week. I would write something similar in anticipation of […]

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New single from Chris Jones live CD

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a first single from Live At The Old Feed Store, their self-produced concert CD recorded during the summer of 2013. Battle Of The Bands is a deadly serious song about a Civil War battle that took place over New […]

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No answers here, or El Presidente’s brain

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA World of Bluegrass is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to attend, you probably still have plenty of questions you may be asking yourself. Let me just say up front that I have no informed answers to give, unless your question is “where […]

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The Bluegrass name game

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Do you ever play the name games? I’m referring to the cute methods of generating your own alternate name for a specific occupation. For example, you can arrive at your stage name by combining your middle name with the name of the street on which […]

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Finding your zone… without fisticuffs

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Many people ask me (though I should say that I use a very broad definition of the word “many”) what performers do before a show to get mentally and perhaps spiritually prepared. How do they get in what is often referred to as “the zone”? […]

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What’s wrong with bluegrass?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s been a while since we discussed the IBMA breakaway organization, the ABMA, which stands for the Argumentative Bluegrass Music Association. They formed a few years ago and built themselves on the principle that nothing advances our music more than arguing about it. They held […]

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Free bluegrass personality test

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Some people have difficulty in the music field because they discover too late that they’re in the wrong side of the business for their personality. A person who is a wonderful sideman or woman may be a disaster as a band leader. The same leadership […]

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Bluegrass band retention strategies

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week I promised to give a few tips for band leaders on how to keep band members longer. Or, if that really isn’t a big priority for you (and for some band leaders it isn’t), a few suggestions on how to get rid of […]

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