Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have announced the newest member of their band.
Gina Clowes will join the group shortly, when Chris and the guys return from their current west coast swing. A Virginia native, and part of the absurdly talented Furtado family, Gina had recently been working as banjo player with Bud’s Collective.
She joins current members Chris Jones on guitar, Jon Weisberger on bass, and Mark Stoffel on mandolin.
Chris says that he’s had Gina’s name in his back pocket for several months.
“We’re having a great time on our final set of dates with Ned Luberecki, but at the same time, we’re excited to be sharing this news. We met Gina shortly before last year’s World of Bluegrass when we appeared with Bud’s Collective in West Virginia, and were really impressed by her playing. Not long after that, she had indicated to Jon that she was interested in pursuing other opportunities, so when Ned gave his notice, she came immediately to mind.
Gina has the technical mastery, stylistic breadth and inventiveness that are essential to the Night Drivers sound, and since a number of our recordings have featured a female voice guesting on harmonies, it will be great to have that as part of the band, too. We look forward to introducing her to our fans—I know they’re going to appreciate her talents as much as we do.”
Clowes is eager for the chance to start working with the Night Drivers.
“Having enjoyed Chris Jones’ music for years, I am very excited to be taking on the role of Night Driver’s banjo player. The elegance and tastefulness of their music has always struck a chord with me, so I am grateful to them for welcoming me into the group. The boys in Bud’s Collective are family to me, so it is a bittersweet departure. I wish them the best in everything and look forward to what they have in store.”
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