Live from Illinois, it's Chris Jones and the Night Drivers
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
– Bluegrass band Chris Jones and the Night Drivers announced Tuesday they will release a live album, "Live At The Old Feed Store," independently on Oct. 7.
Joining Jones as the Night Drivers are bassist Jon Weisberger, mandolin player Mark Stoffel, and banjo man Ned Luberecki.
The release will feature originals like "Battle of the Bands" (a soon-to-be-released single co-written by Weisberger and previously recorded by Jones for The 1861 Project), "Like a Hawk" and "Follow Your Heart," the latter of which was co-written by Jones and features guest vocalist Sally Jones. The album also offers concert staples like "Bound To Ride," "Cabin Of Death" and "Edelweiss," along with a new version of a George Jones song ("I Cried Myself Awake") that Jones first recorded more than 20 years ago as a member of the Special Consensus. Emily Bankester of The Bankesters guests on the original song "Then I Close My Eyes."
The album was recorded at the Old Feed Store in Cobden, Ill. on 2 successive nights in the summer of 2013 and mixed by Mark Stoffel.
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