Chris & the Night Riders head east

Chris Jones & the Night DriversI know… Chris Jones’ band is the Night Drivers. I just couldn’t resist joining in the fun after he’s written so often about the many erroneous variations on his band name he’s observed over the years. My favorite is his own recent pseudonym, “Three Radio Guys and a German.”

In all seriousness, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers are getting ready to hop a plane for a European tour, or as they describe it, “two weeks of playing bluegrass music and eating delicious cheeses!”

Bass player Jon Weisberger shared a few details…

“We’ll be starting off with a concert in Prague on the 25th, then moving to Munich for a concert and a band camp this coming weekend. Other highlights include the fabulous Buehl Bluegrass Festival, where we’ll be sharing the bill with both American and European artists including the Deadly Gentlemen and Monroe Crossing, and our usual visit to the small town of Teufen in the Appenzell region of Switzerland, where we’ve stopped to perform on every visit to Europe made since Ned Luberecki and I joined the Night Drivers.”

Jon also tells us that their next Rebel album, Lonely Comes Easy, is finished save for final art and mastering. In addition to recently recorded material, it will include the two tracks released in 2012 as a digital single, If That Was Love and Wolf Creek Pass. The bulk of the songs are new, written within the band, with Jones and Weisberger having several they wrote jointly. Banjoist Ned Luberecki and mandolinist Mark Stoffel each contributed an instrumental.

Guests in the studio were Jeremy Garrett on fiddle and Ivan Rosenberg of resonator guitar, with Sierra Hull and Claire Lynch adding harmony vocals on Wolf Creek Pass.

Keep up with Chris and whatever his band name may be online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.