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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Join Mountain Home Music

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Chris Jones & the Night DriversRaleigh, NC -- 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."

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.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers will release their latest project on October 7th. How do you follow an album that features three #1 and two #2 bluegrass radio hits? If you’re Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, you give fans what they’ve been asking for—a live album that delivers a few choice new selections nestled among a flock of favorites, recorded in an intimate, small-town venue that brings out the best in the quartet’s soulful vocals, hotshot picking and easygoing humor. From its blazing opener, “Bound To Ride,” to its even speedier closer, “Pike County Breakdown,” Live At The Old Feed Store, which hits stores on October 7, 2014, is one that long-time fans will treasure, and it’s also a perfect introduction to a group heading toward its 20th anniversary in bluegrass. The live album is a follow-up to 2013’s release Lonely Comes Easy, which was their first all-new collection since 2009’s Cloud Of Dust.

Live at the Old Feed StoreAlongside these, the Night Drivers have laid in a selection of fan favorites, including Stoffel’s glistening take on The Sound Of Music’s ever-popular “Edelweiss” (followed by a lively turn on an old-time fiddle tune, “Forked Deer”), the gospel quartet of “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” and Luberecki’s comic tour de force, “Cabin Of Death,” one of the group’s most requested numbers.

A couple of guests make appearances—Sally Jones contributes harmonies to “Follow Your Heart,” and IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Emily Bankester recaps her Lonely Comes Easy appearance on “Then I Close My Eyes”—with the focus all on the Night Drivers, who show conclusively that no studio magic is needed for them to deliver compelling performances. From start to finish, Live At The Old Feed Store delivers a faithful representation of a Chris Jones & The Night Drivers set, and as their busy schedule shows, that’s something that audiences are always eager to share.

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