Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have a new single coming up from Rebel Records. And I mean single in the old school style!
Two songs are included, just as was done in the days of 45 RPM records. If That Was Love is a new song written by Jones and Night Driver bass man Jon Weisberger, and it is “backed” by Wolf Creek Pass, a fun song that is a regular feature on the band’s live shows. Hmmmm… which is the A side and which is the B?
Both tracks will be premiered on Tuesday morning on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction (Channel 61) at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) as Chris is interviewed on Kyle Cantrell’s show.
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning to hear the songs, but Jon shared a tease or two. He described If That Was Love as “a wry take on a love affair that burns bright but only briefly,” and Wolf Creek Pass, a hit song for C. W. McCall in the mid-1970s, as a real tongue-twister.
“Chris calmly navigates the treacherous recitation and the Night Drivers dish up an extended jam that gives mandolinist Mark Stoffel and banjo picker Ned Luberecki plenty of room to stretch out. For the studio version, we called on Infamous Stringdusters fiddler Jeremy Garrett to help out with backup, and on Sierra Hull and Claire Lynch to provide the female chorus parts that were such a distinctive part of McCall’s original record.”
Both full and truncated versions will be available to radio programmers on Airplay Direct later this month, and the two tracks will be available for download sale on September 25.