Friday, December 19, 2014
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers - Live At the Old Feedstore for about over two months now and failed to publish anything about it. Needless to say, I've been enjoying this Bluegrass album, the Night Drivers are an extremely tight band: Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki, bassist Jon Weisberger, and mandolinist Mark Stoffel. Like me, many of you are familiar with Jones and Luberecki from SiriusXM Radio's Bluegrass Junction. Weisberger was recipient of the IBMA's first Songwriter of the Year in 2012 and Stoffel is an outstanding . The album starts with an ode to the Stanley Brothers "Bound to Ride" and an original - "Like a Hawk". Luberecki's banjo heats up in "Emergency Pulloff" and closes the album out with "Pike County Breakdown". You'll be clapping along with the audience. My favorite track is Then I Close My Eyes with accompanying harmonies from 2013 IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Emily Bankester. "Lonely Town" and George Jones "I Cried Myself Awake" are a close second. And even The Sound Of Music’s "Edelweiss" gets a play. Pair with Woodbury Tennessee's (home of the Old Feed Store) Short Mountain Distillery. Cheers.