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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. Photo by Mary Stoffel on The Old Feed Store Front Porch.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Release “Live At The Old Feed Store” on October 7th
Recorded at The Old Feed Store in Cobden, Illinois

Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, Jon Weisberger and Mark Stoffel
Release The Album’s First Single “Battle Of The Bands” This Week

…one of the most distinctive voices in bluegrass, a smooth, low croon that goes down like whiskey with a little bit of honey,”
The Bluegrass Situation, Brittney McKenna

“…in recent years the group has enjoyed growing acclaim not only for its deft musicianship and love of traditional music but also to its musical inventiveness and the songwriting genius of the group’s various members.”
Engine 145, Henry Carrigan

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.

Founded by guitarist Chris Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance. Indeed, the group boasts three radio personalities who appear regularly on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction—Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger—and Jones and Weisberger have won acclaim for both musical and industry achievements, with the former earning an IBMA Song of the Year trophy (“Fork In The Road”) and an IBMA Broadcaster of the year award, along with a 2014 nomination for IBMA Print Media Person of the Year. Weisberger’s collected the latter honor, and was the first recipient of the organization’s Songwriter of the Year award in 2012. Luberecki has also been nominated for the Broadcaster honor several times, and has earned additional recognition as a premiere educator, teaching at banjo camps around the world and recently releasing a popular beginning banjo instructional DVD, while mandolinist Mark Stoffel has built a strong reputation as a producer and recording engineer.

It’s Night Driver music that’s front and center on the new release, exemplified by the first single, “Battle Of The Bands,” which scored a world-exclusive premiere on Bluegrass Junction before dropping on September 23rd. Written by Weisberger, Thomm Jutz and Charley Stefl, the song was first recorded by Jones on The 1861 Project (2011), a collection of new original songs about the Civil War. Based on a true incident, it’s delivered with Jones’ typical warmth, and prominently features Stoffel’s delicate mandolin work. The project displays the group’s wide range of inclinations, with nods to the Stanley Brothers (“Bound To Ride”), Johnny Horton (“I’m Ready If You’re Willin’”) and George Jones (“I Cried Myself Awake”), banjo pyrotechnics (Luberecki’s own “Emergency Pulloff” and a blistering “Pike County Breakdown”) and well-crafted originals (“Like A Hawk,” “Then I Close My Eyes,” “Lonely Town”).

Alongside 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.

8_21_14_layout.inddChris Jones & The Night Drivers’ Live At The Old Feed Store Track Listing:
1.  Bound To Ride (PD) 1:54
2.  Like A Hawk (Chris Jones) 2:59
3.  Introduction 1:06
4.  Battle Of The Bands (Thomm Jutz, Charley Stefl, Jon Weisberger) 3:30
5.  Emergency Pulloff (Ned Luberecki) 3:58
6.  Follow Your Heart (Harley Allen, Chris Jones) 2:52
7.  Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (PD) 3:28
8.  Then I Close My Eyes (Chris Jones) 4:47
9.  Cabin Of Death (Ned Luberecki) 4:31
10. I’m Ready If You’re Willin’ (V. Claude, J. Organ) 2:35
11. Lonely Town (Jon Weisberger) 4:06
12. One Door Away (Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall) 3:04
13. Edelweiss-Forked Deer (R. Rogers, O. Hammerstein – PD) 4:41
14. I Cried Myself Awake (D. Davis, L. Goates) 3:18
15.  Pike County Breakdown (R. Jones) 1:22

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers on Tour
9/24 Wed – Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Bean Blossom, IN
9/25 Thu – Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival – Roanoke, NC
9/27 Sat – Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – Vine Grove, KY
10/2 Thu – IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, Roe Entertainment Showcase – Raleigh, NC
10/8 Wed – The Old Feed Store – Cobden, IL
10/10 Fri – Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia – Norris, TN
10/11 Sat – Oktoberfest in Historic Germantown – Nashville, TN
10/22-27 – European Tour
11/15-16 Sat- Sun – Wickenburg Bluegrass & Fiddle Championship – Wickenburg, AZ
12/12: Bluegrass in the Smokies – Pigeon Forge, TN

For more information, tour dates and words from the road, please visit: chrisjonesgrass.comfacebook.com/chrisjonesgrass, and twitter.com/chrisjonesgrass.

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FINALMagFest2014_PosterMagnolia Fest 2014 Schedule Announced: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls,  Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

New additions to the lineup include:
Col. Bruce Hampton & Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds

Magnolia Fest October 16-19, 2014 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park

~Nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida,
One of America’s finest music parks hosting some of the best in original string & roots music ~

Live Oak, FL — Magnolia Fest 2014 is only a few weeks away and we are thrilled to announce the daily schedule of music: www.magnoliafest.com/schedule/. On October 16-19, 2014 Magnolia Fest celebrates its 18th year of celebrating with some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Festivalgoers will enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods at this energetic and family friendly event. Tickets are available at: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets.

We are excited to add a few additions to the line-up including Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds. They are joining the stellar lineup of Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls, Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”, Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Donna the Buffalo, The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, The Duhks, Rodney Crowell, Anders Osborne, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Tornado Rider, New Orleans Suspects, Willie Sugarcapps, American Aquarium, MarchFourth Marching Band, and The Lee Boys amongst others.

The festival takes place at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, which is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wannee, Suwannee Springfest, Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Blackwater Music Festival, Aura Music Festival and other special events.

Get your tickets for Magnolia Fest now and save. Tickets are on sale in advance for $185  in advance ($200 at the gate). Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Attendees can also upgrade for a VIP Experience which includes a four-day ticket with primitive camping, meals, swag bag, inclusion in a drawing to win an All Access upgrade and more for $300. Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683.

Further information and updates can be found at www.MagnoliaFest.com, www.facebook.com/MagnoliaFestfl, www.twitter.com/MagnoliaFest, and www.instagram.com/magnoliafest.

Magnolia 2014 Festival Lineup:  
Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
Jason Isbell
The Indigo Girls
Dr. John & The Night Trippers
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”
Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little
Donna the Buffalo x2
The Wailers
North Mississippi Allstars
The Duhks
Rodney Crowell
Anders Osborne
Tornado Rider
New Orleans Suspects
Rushadicus The Cello Goblin
Jim Lauderdale
Nikki Talley Trio
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Willie Sugarcapps
Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express
American Aquarium
Marchfourth Marching Band
The Lee Boys
Big Cosmo
Honey Island Swamp Band
Sloppy Joe
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine x2
Canary in the Coalmine
The Steppin Stones
Flagship Romance
The Vegabonds
Parker Urban Band
Bryce Alastair Band
Chelsea Saddler
Tyler Denning Band
Rusty Shine

Ticketing Details:
Tickets $185 until 10/15; $200 at gate; kids under 12 are free.
Student / Military Ticket $150 Advance
VIP Ticket $300: Includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks
All weekend passes include music & primitive camping Thursday – Sunday nights.
Day Passes are available, more information is here: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets/

The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive Live Oak, Florida 32060
RV sites, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals are also available, call 386-364-1683 to reserve.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at the number above for more information.

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Runner of the Woods, Featuring Nicolas Beaudoing of the Doc Marshalls,

Announces Fall Tour, Releases New Single

Runner of the Woods Braces for Good Days Yet to Come

Nicolas Beaudoing, of the Doc Marshalls, Embarks on New Musical Project
Runner of the Woods Debuts First Single “Good Things will Come” From Forthcoming Album

To celebrate, the track is available as a free download: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome

“While frontman Nicolas Beaudoing, may not be the household name – well, in some households, at least – as [A.A. Bondy, Anders Parker and Jay Farrar], he’s certainly a talent on par with them.“ –Popmatters

Good things will come – and not a moment too soon. For Nick Beaudoing, the front man of Nashville, Tennessee’s Runner of the Woods, much of 2014 was spent in the shadow of a serious family illness. Between visits to his hometown of Dallas, Texas, he stayed busy in the studio. One night while listening to rough mixes of his work on the drive home, he had a gut feeling that things would somehow work out. “I’ve never had the experience of listening to my own music and being cheered up,” Beaudoing says. “It felt like a pat on the back at just the right time.”

Countrygaze that’s road trip-ready, Runner of the Woods’ debut album, Thirsty Valley, is set for release in January of 2015 on CD and vinyl. With punchy guitars and odes to wide open spaces, the record is dedicated to the proposition that the key to the good life is time spent in the great outdoors.

Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers, the Doc Marshalls. Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield-style shuffles and Acadian barnburners to jagged, glimmering folk. The pedal steel was still king, but now it blared from a low-watt amp with a brash fuzz tone.

This new direction, combined with his relocation to Nashville, conspired to lead him away from a project he loved, in favor of a less traditional sound. The Doc Marshalls, as a band, had run its course. “If he’s being honest,” says Beaudoing, “even a dyed-in-the wool country singer can’t pretend his record collection is pure.  For every George Jones LP on the shelf, there’s another by Big Star, Phosphorescent, or A.A. Bondy. And that’s a beautiful thing.”

In support of an inaugural run of October dates, Runner of the Woods will be touring behind the single, “Good Things will Come.” For Beaudoing, it was an easy choice. “It was the same tune that gave me a lift when my mother was in the hospital. She has since made a near full recovery.” He and his wife are also expecting a son in November. “Nashville wives will let you tour,” he laughs, “even with a due date on the horizon!” To celebrate the debut track, Runner of the Woods released a music video for the song and is offering it as a free download available at: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome.

Joining Beaudoing (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) in Runner of the Woods are Jonathan Gregg on pedal steel, Joe Giotta on drums and Vanessa McGowan on bass. In a live setting, the band has the country chops to pack the dance hall floor whenever duty calls. A train shuffle beat or Gary Stewart-style weeper is never far away. But they also love it when people lay back and listen.

Either way, you’re going to feel better.

Runner of the Woods October “Good Things Will Come” Tour Dates:
10/2 Thu – Blue Moon Saloon,  Lafayette, LA
10/3 Fri – White Horse, Austin, TX
10/4 Sat – Goode’s Armadillo Palace, Houston, TX
10/5 Sun – Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
10/16 Thu – Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
10/17 Fri –  Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
10/21 Tue – Five Spot (Two Dollar Tuesdays), Nashville, TN
10/22 Wed – Boyd’s Jig & Reel, Knoxville, TN
10/23 Thu – Hill Country Live, Washington, DC
10/24 Fri – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA
10/25 Sat – Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC

For more information and to stay up to date on further news from Runner of the Woods, please visit www.runnerofthewoodsmusic.com, twitter.com/RunnerOTheWoods, and facebook.com/runnerofthewoods.

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Chatham County Line Announces Fall Tour 2014
Performing at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

New Album, Tightrope, Released Through Through Yep Roc Records

“Chatham County Line is much more than your average banjo-playing, fiddle-fueled combo… they infuse their music with a seemingly effortless accessibility capable of connecting them with a broader Americana audience.”
–Blurt Magazine, Lee Zimmerman

Chatham County Line on Tour:
9/13 Sat – Mountain Song Festival – Brevard, NC
9/26 – Fri – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC
9/27 Sat – Charleston Music Hall –  Charleston, SC
10/1-3 Wed-Fri – IBMA World of Bluegrass – Raleigh, NC
10/10 Fri – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
10/11 Sat – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
10/14 Tue – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
10/15 Wed – The Parlor Room –  Northampton, MA
10/16 Thu – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
10/17 Fri – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
10/18 Sat – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/14-23 European Tour

Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010’s winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. “With anything you’ve done for a while,” Wilson explains, “a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don’t use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record.”

Chatham County Line is currently on tour with Tightrope and will be performing at Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival this weekend before embarking on the Fall 2014 later in September. The Fall tour kicks off on the East Coast with shows at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (Wilmington, NC) and Charleston Music Hall (SC). In early October they perform in their hometown of Raleigh, NC for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass before shows at Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte, NC) and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA). In mid-October they travel North to Rockwood Music Hall (New York City) and The Parlor Room Northampton, MA. The tour finale is at Brighton Music Hall (Boston, MA). In November Chatham County Line flies overseas for a two week European Tour.

As part of the band’s unbridled excitement for year two of IBMA in their hometown of Raleigh, they have made a video for their song “Living in Raleigh Now.” The song will be available September 23rd on all digital platforms and they will have a special Cassette/Download package available at upcoming shows.

CCL_Tightrope_300Stirring, provocative, and disarmingly poignant, Tightrope was born out of a year’s worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band’s four members – Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.

“There’s a lot of growing up in this record,” muses Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line‘s vocalist and guitarist. “The next generation is coming. We’re maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs…”

Produced by Wilson and Chatham County Line, Tightrope benefits from an unusually rich, resonant sound that blends each member’s contributions into a powerful, dynamic whole. The  poetic insight of the album’s eleven original songs is grounded by Chatham County Line’s ongoing commitment to classic stringband instrumentation.

Chatham County Line allowed some songs to emerge out of informal jams or nascent fragments of melody. “Songs like ‘Should Have Known Better’ and ‘Ships at Sea’ were based on ideas that Teer had,” Wilson explains. “We’d have instruments and mics set up, record the idea, and people would take the recording home and dissect it. We recorded them informally three or four times until we got something that could fit and make sense with what we do. It’s those songs that we listen to the most now, because they were such spur-of-the-moment creations.”

Above all, Tightrope reinforces the deep bond shared by the members of Chatham County Line. The lineup has consisted of the same four men for ten years now, giving them an unusually solid foundation. They have grown up together, weathered storms together, and performed around the world – resulting in a vital, instinctive collaborative sensibility and deep reserves of trust. “This band really started out of a couple of friendships,” Wilson concludes. “I was buddies with Greg, and John and Chandler were really tight. We came together by chance. You can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him when you have these friendships and do this kind of original material. It’s become something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

Watch the Music Video for the song “Tightrope of Love” ->

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.chathamcountyline.com.

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