Chris' Blog

Greetings from self-quarantine! 

Hello all, and greetings from the Northern Studio in Alberta. As I write this, I'm on Day 13 of a 14-day self-quarantine, a government requirement after returning from my recent U.S. trip. More on that trip below, but first of all we have cause to celebrate: "Leave it at the Gate" became our 15th #1 song. We're so grateful to DJs and fans for their support and for making that happen. We're about to release a brand new follow-up single to that, by the way, a song called "Quiet Click," which we're really excited about.

Meanwhile, Mark Stoffel has been on Bluegrass Today's "Grassicana" chart with music from his brand new CD Coffee and Cake. Mark also has a brand new web site which you should check out. His CD is available there: https://markstoffel.com/

My trip to the U.S. was a chance to get the band back into the studio at Crossroads in NC to record 4 new tracks. We're feeling great about the results. You should see new music from these sessions after the first of the year.

I want to personally thank everyone who has attended my livestream shows, and special thanks to those who have generously contributed in this year that has been so  financially challenging for professional musicians (not that it hasn't been challenging for everybody!). I'll be doing more.

Before I sign off, just a reminder that streaming our music often is one way you can continue to support us. This link takes you to a lot of our catalogue on various streaming and downloading platforms: https://clg.lnk.to/tcdKV96i
 

New music! 

Hello friends. Greetings from my Alberta quarantine headquarters during what is now pandemic week infinity. While you will notice an almost empty tour dates page (!) it will be updated soon, since most of our shows are not cancelled, merely postponed to some time in 2021. Note a new solo livestream concert listed there, though for Thursday August 20th.

Now the big news: on the heels of our 14th #1 song (and our first with the new lineup), "We Needed This Ride" we've released a new for Mountain Home called "Leave it at the Gate." They subject may seem ironic now, since it's sort of about not taking your work home with you, just as a lot of people are working from home. Leaving your work "at the gate" may have more appeal than ever! For this song, I've returned to my longtime writing partnership with former bandmember Jon Weisberger. There's a link for the new song on the home page but here it is, too:  https://clg.lnk.to/CJND-Gate-s Wherever it is you choose to stream or download our music, we really appreciate it. Also, please follow us on the streaming platform of your choice.

Other big news: Mark Stoffel, who has recently signed a solo recording deal with our label Mountain Home has released his first single and video called "Shadowbands." among other fine musicians, this one features brilliant Irish fiddler NIall Murphy. We met Niall when we were playing in Cookstown, Northern Ireland a few years ago and we got a chance to jam some with him after our show. Here's the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQnYMX27vqE

Well, check back here for more updates. Feel free to request "Leave it at the Gate" and "Shadowbands" from the DJ or your choice (even me ;) ), and please stay safe and well.

-- Chris

New Site! 

Welcome to the new Chris Jones & The Night Drivers web site. I'm Chris, or someone pretending to be him and doing a pretty convincing job. I may get inspired by the pandemic and even write something new here once a week. Please don't hold me to that. If you navigate around you'll find that for the first time ever, we have tracks available for download, with no middle man (but PayPal) in sight. There's also a handy link to stream lots of our music, both new and old, on various platforms. More tour dates, photos, etc. will be added soon.