Chris Jones and The NightdriversBluegrass
Most touring and recording bluegrass bands are lucky if they have one solid songwriter in their lineups. This outfit’s got a pair of them, and that’s out of just four permanent members. Frontman Chris Jones brought home an IBMA Song of the Year trophy several years back, and Scene contributor Jon Weisberger, who plays bass in the group, was the IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year in 2012, not least because he’s been logging as many co-written cuts as anybody in the genre, with the possible exception of Tom T. and Dixie Hall. Together and separately, Weisberger and Jones wrote the bulk of Lonely Comes Easy, their new album on Virginia-based indie Rebel Records. They ably straddle traditional idioms of sentimental and gospel varieties and more modern, emotionally complex fare, with a forgotten C.W. McCall semi-hit thrown in for good measure. Except for when he’s sing-talking his way through that goofy runaway truck number, Jones has a finessed delivery style and grainy timbre, and the band — rounded out by Ned Luberecki on banjo and mandolinist Mark Stoffel, with guests here and there — has traditional sensibilities that are nimbler than the norm.
Wed, Sep 11 | 9:00 PM
The Station Inn