Chris Jones wears many hats. He’s a songwriter, a musician, a DJ, and a writer, but most of all, he’s an artist and band leader. On this new project, Jones is joined by his current band including Gina Clowes (banjo), Mark Stoffel (mandolin), and Jon Weisberger (bass). Guest artists include Brooke Aldridge (vocals), Megan Lynch Chowning (fiddle), Tony Creasman (percussion), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Shawn Lane (vocal), Tim Surrett (resonator guitar), and Darrin Vincent (vocal).
Most of the songs here come from band members with Jones and Weisberger collaborating on four, while Jones offers two. The project kicks off with a bluesy Jones/Weisberger tune “All The Ways I’m Gone,” followed by “I’m A Wanderer” co-written by Weisberger, Thomm Jutz, and Charley Stefl. Quite interesting is Jones’ take on the Bill Browning classic “Dark Hollow.” Jones’ contributions include “Raindrops Fell” and “Living Without.” Other Jones/Weisberger compositions include “Silent Goodbye,” “Range Road 53,” and “Sleeping Through The Storm.” Two instrumentals are offered: Clowes’ “Last Frost” and Stoffel’s “What The Heck?!” There is also a nice version of the Tom T. Hall/John Rodriguez tune “You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)” and the Civil War theme “The Old Bell” from Weisberger/Jutz/Stefl.
Jones’ warm baritone is featured throughout with matching harmonies and clean instrumental arrangements. This is another example of why Jones and his Night Drivers continue to be so successful. (Mountain Home, P.O. Box 829, Arden, NC 28704, www.mountainhomemusiccompany.com.)BF