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Kentucky Noel

by Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

A new americana Christmas classic, co-written by Chris and songwriting legends Dixie and Tom T. Hall. A nostalgic look at Christmas in Kentucky with a captivating melody that shines like fresh snow on a bluegrass hillside.
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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers just concluded their busiest touring season ever, with appearances at major festivals, including Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Appalachian Uprising and Huck Finn's Jubilee. "Kentucky Noel" is their latest recording, featuring the tasteful acoustic, bluegrass sound they're known for. The song is a collaboration between Chris and songwriting legends Dixie and Tom T. Hall. Mark Stoffel, who has previously released his own album of Christmas music, plays mandolin and sings harmony, giving the track just the right touch, featuring the tone and taste that is his trademark. Chris' long time band members Jon Weisbeger on bass, and Ned Luberecki on banjo provide the rock-solid musical foundation that has propelled the band for 8 years. Ned tuned his banjo to open D in order to play the distinctive chime that helps make the melody of "Kentucky Noel" so memorable.

Chris Jones is no newcomer to the musical spotlight. His resume includes appearances and recordings with some of the world’s most respected musicians including The Chieftains (he was featured on their 2003 U.S. tour), Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Lynn Morris Band, April Verch Band, the McCarters and the award-winning quartet Weary Hearts, among others. He has performed as a sideman at the Grand Ole Opry and has been seen on such television shows as Conan O’Brien, Emeril Live, and The Grand Ole Opry Live. Jones’ collaboration with legendary country singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall led to the release of the duet “Man On The Side Of The Road” from Chris’ “Just a Drifter” album, which became one of the Top 5 airplay bluegrass songs of 2001. Most recently, he appeared in the PBS series “The Appalachians” as a both a performer and commentator.

Chris Jones has been named Broadcaster Of The Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual awards for his work as a DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio’s bluegrass channel, Jones also took home a co-writer’s Song Of The Year trophy for “Fork In The Road,” the title track of an Album Of The Year winner by the Infamous Stringdusters. The double-barrelled achievement marked the first time in the organization’s history that a single person has won honors for both musical and non-musical accomplishments.

Yet to those who already know him, the dual awards came as no surprise. For though he’s best known as a bluegrass artist, Chris Jones has always had a field of vision too wide to be contained within a single dimension. Perhaps that’s been shaped by his voice — low and mournful rather than sharp and soaring–or perhaps by the way he’s felt compelled to write so many of the songs he sings, filling them with a heartfelt intimacy and contemporary depth that’s still rare in the genre. Even when he’s been most firmly planted within the bluegrass mainstream, these qualities have made him stand out from his peers – and have garnered him critical notices for his personal musical style and sound. And when he’s brought those same qualities into the world of broadcasting, the results have been no less striking.



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