Tag: Chris Jones

Choose the “option” option and select “select”

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week’s column about Facebook fan pages generated a few reader questions, and I wanted to field those before moving on to other subjects. I spoke to a young man who considers himself an expert in the area of social media, to see if he’d […]

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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers in Kalamazoo

| May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass Today columnist and SiriusXM DJ Chris Jones brought the Night Drivers to the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan for a Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) concert. The concert was held in the church’s chapel. It is an intimate setting for an enjoyable […]

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Facebook fan pages: dos and don’ts

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ever since Facebook came on the scene, making people in vast portions of the world up to 58% less productive in their lives, bluegrass musicians, bands, associations, and other related businesses have tried to use it for promotional and networking purposes, with mixed success. When […]

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The dreaded gender switch in song lyrics

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week, I experimented with changing lyrics to some of our time-honored murder ballads, and most agreed with me that the results were less-than ideal, even though some lives were saved in the process. Some would even suggest that it’s never appropriate to change the […]

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Thomas Bowdler examines bluegrass lyrics

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I heard recently from a SiriusXM listener who was bothered by the fact that we seem to play a lot of violent–even brutal–songs. She made the point that there was already plenty of violence in our media and culture, and that bluegrass music shouldn’t be […]

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What’s your BKR? Take the test and find out!

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here it is April already and I’ve completely neglected the annual bluegrass quiz, which was originally intended to be a New Year’s feature. That’s just the way the first quarter of this year has been going. I expect to get started on my taxes next […]

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Would you like some logo-stamped artisan batteries with that?

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We could learn a thing or two from The Roosevelts. I’m not referring to the recent Ken Burns series, but rather to a self-described “southern-raised indie rock” duo out of Nashville. These Roosevelts are breaking some new ground in the area of artist merchandising: they’re […]

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2016 Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The first day of spring has past, Easter’s almost here, and that means that it’s time for our annual feature (except for the years when I forget to do it): Tax Tips For the Bluegrass Musician. For those who have just begun playing music professionally, […]

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Tonight I’m Gonna Ride video from Chris Jones

| March 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have released a new music video, a live (in studio) performance of Tonight I’m Gonna Ride, one of Chris’ songs from their new album, Run Away Tonight. For most Night Drivers fans, this will be your first look at […]

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Compression in bluegrass titling

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I realize that there are musical rays of hope that break through the radio barrier periodically, but I still try to avoid most of the offerings of current pop music, and the same goes for “New Country.” Still, it’s almost impossible to shut this stuff […]

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