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Chris Jones and the Night Drivers to release Made To Move

Gallivanting ‘grassers weave tales of wander

The World — The troubadour. The minstrel. The wandering musician peddling tunes from town to town, sharing tales old and new.

It is the age-old story of the touring musician, and it is very much the story of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. The group is set to release the aptly named Made To Move, (Mountain Home Music Company) on February 10, 2017; a distinctive offering from a truly global band of troubadours.

“I claim three or four home states and one home Canadian province,” Jones notes. “Our band has members scattered all over the continent, and we travel the world playing music together.”

In addition to the itinerant Jones, the Night Drivers include Jon Weisberger, who made his way to Tennessee from Ohio and has traversed the globe as a touring musician; Virginia native Gina Clowes; and Mark Stoffel, who makes his home in Southern Illinois by way of his native Germany. Stoffel recently took the oath of US citizenship.

Like the complex individuals who comprise this talented group, the songs on Made To Move are multi-faceted: an intelligent and introspective blend of the traditional, contemporary, meaningful, and provocative. There are songs of hardship and hope, songs that inspire and captivate, and yes, even a Bluegrass love song that weaves a tale without ending in someone’s untimely end.

Staying true to the strengths that make The Night Drivers both original and tenacious, eight of the twelve tracks are written by the band.

“Gone like a lone freight train rumbling through the night. Gone like a big jet plane trailing out of sight. Gone just like yesterday’s news.” These are the opening lines to the album’s lead off song “All the Ways I’m Gone” (Jones/Weisberger). Then comes “The Wanderer,” which takes the path of the journeyman; a path that is part contemplation, part pilgrimage. “On my way to God’s great kingdom. Grateful for the road ahead, grateful for the miles that I have come.” This is the wanderer.

The group offers a new take on the very traditional “Dark Hollow” with a skillful, mid-track modulation. “Raindrops Fell” and “Living Without” are from the pen of bandleader, singer, and guitarist Chris Jones. They both speak of love lost but not forgotten with musical moods varying from the melancholy to the upbeat. There are four new songs from Jones and bass player Jon Weisberger, showcasing the diverse lyrical and melodic range of the dynamic writing duo that has contributed to every CJND release.

From the drive of “Range Road 53” to the Gospel number “Sleeping Through the Storm,” and on to the broody but vocally powerful “Silent Goodbye,” each number contributes to a significant and well-rounded album. The inclusion of “What the Heck?!” by Mark Stoffel (mando/vocals) and “Last Frost” by vocalist and banjo powerhouse Gina Clowes demonstrates excellence and creativity in the musicianship of CJND.

Even among touring musicians, there is something unique about the continual journey of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. Four distinct personalities who bring a variety of experiences and influences to a common place. Four distinct personalities who bring a variety of experiences and influences to a common place. Movement, change, coming together and saying farewell, making the most of time together with meaningful ideas … this is the soul of the band and the spirit in which four minstrels offer Made To Move.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers
Made To Move
February 10, 2017
Mountain Home Music Company

TRACK LIST:
All The Ways I’m Gone
I’m A Wanderer
Dark Hollow
Range Road 53
Raindrops Fell
Living Without
You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)
Last Frost
Silent Goodbye
Sleeping Through The Storm
The Old Bell
What The Heck?!

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Claire Ratliff | Laughing Penguin Publicity
615.476.3200 | [email protected]

Ty Gilpin | Mountain Home Music Company
828.684.3066 ext. 320 | [email protected]

Run Away Tonight with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Available Tomorrow

ChrisJonesCov2FPart of the musical depth of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight is due to the longevity not just of the group, but of this lineup. Chris Jones founded the band in 1995, marking 20 years this year. Chris was joined in 2003 by bass man Jon Weisberger and by banjoist Ned Luberecki. German-born mandolin player Mark Stoffel signed on in 2008 and since then, the quartet’s turned into one of the genre’s tightest and most empathetic ensembles.

Run Away Tonight is available tomorrow, 8/21/15. In celebration of the release, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers will be performing Friday, August 21st at Nashville’s legendary Station Inn. Show starts at 9 PM.

Ask Chris Jones about reaching the 20th anniversary of his career as front man for the Night Drivers and the answer is likely to be some expression of Jones’ characteristic sense of humor. “Three of us have been playing together for well over half of that time, and our newest member has been with us more than eight years. We should at least know each other’s phone numbers by now.”

“In all seriousness, though,” he continues, “I’m grateful for this lineup of the Night Drivers and the length of time we’ve been blessed with to really have a chance to gel and understand each other musically and personally. Run Away Tonight represents an exciting new chapter for us.”

With two award-winning songwriters in the band—Jones took the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year trophy in 2007, while Weisberger earned the organization’s first-ever Songwriter of the Year title in 2012—it’s no surprise that Run Away Tonight focuses on original material. The duo co-wrote the first single, the infectious, old-time-flavored “Laurie,” and six other songs. Luberecki and Stoffel each contribute one new instrumental, making Chris Jones & The Night Drivers one of the few contemporary bands to continue the old bluegrass tradition of two instrumentals per album.

Guest appearances by Hall of Famer Del McCoury, legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks, former Night Driver Casey Driessen, and label mates current IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Buddy Melton and Darin & Brooke Aldridge are more in the nature of enjoyable bonuses than necessities. And while the group chose to work for the first time with an outside producer—Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett, who also contributed some appropriately spooky dobro—the focus is squarely on Chris Jones & The Night Drivers.

The combination of talent, persistence, humor and thoughtfulness makes this band one of music’s most distinctive and durable acts. Twenty years? For Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, it’s only the beginning.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers Set Release Date for New Album

Run Away Tonight, 8/21/2015
Mountain Home Music Company

(NASHVILLE, TN) – Part of the musical depth of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ new Mountain Home release Run Away Tonight is due to the longevity not just of the group, but of this lineup. Chris Jones founded the band in 1995, marking 20 years this year. Chris was joined in 2003 by bass man Jon Weisberger and by banjoist Ned Luberecki. German-born mandolin player Mark Stoffel signed on in 2008 and since then, the quartet’s turned into one of the genre’s tightest and most empathetic ensembles.

Ask Chris Jones about reaching the 20th anniversary of his career as front man for the Night Drivers and the answer is likely to be some expression of Jones’ characteristic sense of humor. “Three of us have been playing together for well over half of that time, and our newest member has been with us more than eight years. We should at least know each other’s phone numbers by now.”

“In all seriousness, though,” he continues, “I’m grateful for this lineup of the Night Drivers and the length of time we’ve been blessed with to really have a chance to gel and understand each other musically and personally. Run Away Tonight represents an exciting new chapter for us.”

With two award-winning songwriters in the band—Jones took the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year trophy in 2007, while Weisberger earned the organization’s first-ever Songwriter of the Year title in 2012—it’s no surprise that Run Away Tonight focuses on original material. The duo co-wrote the first single, the infectious, old-time-flavored “Laurie,” and six other songs. Luberecki and Stoffel each contribute one new instrumental, making Chris Jones & The Night Drivers one of the few contemporary bands to continue the old bluegrass tradition of two instrumentals per album.

Guest appearances by Hall of Famer Del McCoury, legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks, former Night Driver Casey Driessen, and label mates current IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Buddy Melton and Darin & Brooke Aldridge are more in the nature of enjoyable bonuses than necessities. And while the group chose to work for the first time with an outside producer—Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett, who also contributed some appropriately spooky dobro—the focus is squarely on Chris Jones & The Night Drivers.

The combination of talent, persistence, humor and thoughtfulness makes this band one of music’s most distinctive and durable acts. Twenty years? For Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, it’s only the beginning.

Chris Jones and the Night Drivers’
Sneak Peak of
Run Away Tonight

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Join Mountain Home Music Company

RALEIGH, NC (October 1, 2014) — Mountain Home Music Company has signed a long-term exclusive recording agreement with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers.

The band will head into the studio soon to work on an anticipated second-quarter 2015 release.

“We’ve been very impressed by the quality of Mountain Home’s roster and the strong record of results they’ve achieved in bluegrass music and beyond,” Jones says. “We’re extremely excited about this opportunity to join the Mountain Home family.”

ABOUT THE BAND
Chris Jones founded the dynamic four-piece band in 1995. He’s a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist who has, thanks to his role as a host on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, one of the most recognizable voices in bluegrass – and indeed, he’s been recognized with International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards in three different categories. Night Drivers bass player Jon Weisberger is a recipient of 3 IBMA awards himself, including its inaugural Songwriter of the Year title, and is currently Chairman of the IBMA’s Board of Directors. Banjo player Ned Luberecki is, like Chris, a Bluegrass Junction host, known both for his virtuoso playing in a dazzling array of styles and for his role as a banjo instructor on-air, on DVD and at workshops around the world. Mandolin player Mark Stoffel, a German native, is a widely-respected player, a recording engineer and producer, and a professor of media at Southern Illinois University. Together these talented players and writers bring humor, intelligence, and fantastic music to the stage and to their recordings.