Chris Jones and his band The Night Drivers have been in the Rec Room studio in Nashville (Ben Surratt engineering) wrapping up their first band project in 8 years. It will be the first full bluegrass studio release since Ned Luberecki (banjo) and Jon Weisberger (bass) joined the band over 6 years ago.
Rounding out the band are Mark Stoffel, mandolin and vocals, and Aaron Till, fiddle and vocals. Though the emphasis is on the band, there will be guest appearances by Darrin Vincent, Jamie Daley, Sally Jones, Jeremy Garrett, Mike Witcher and Megan Lynch.
The material will be mostly originals by Chris and/or Jon and Ned. It will be the second CD for Chris’ own GSM records, with a projected release date in late July or early August. A downloadable single release is planned in early July.
In addition to winning IBMA Song of the Year in 2007 for Fork In The Road, Chris was also named the ’07 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year for his work on Sirius-XM. Since The Night Drivers now contain a second Sirius-XM host (Ned Luberecki) and a bluegrass radio producer (Jon Weisberger), they decided to write and record a song for the new CD specifically for bluegrass jocks everywhere, entitled Bluegrass DJs 1:34.
They can say no more at this time.