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Chris Jones' vocals -- often earthy, always rich and deep, sometimes a bit country -- help contribute to his image as one of the finer modern bluegrass artists. He delivers a "low lonesome sound," as the magazine Bluegrass Now described it, distinguishing it from the genre's long-standing definition of the high-pitched "high lonesome sound." Throw in his superb handling of his Gallagher guitar and his straight-to-the heart songwriting skills, and you might expect that this well-rounded bluegrass musician hails from a long line of Southern mountain folk. You'd be wrong, though, for he was born and bred a Yankee, straight from New York State's Buffalo region.

Jones, whose mother was an actress, was 18 years old when he joined a group named Horse Country. While furthering his education as a University of Vermont animal science major, he spent time playing for an outfit called Banjo Dan & the Mid-Nite Plowboys. He became a member of Special Consensus, a band led by banjo player Greg Cahill, during the early '80s. Four years later he moved on to work with guitarist Dave Evans. After settling in Pennsylvania, Jones joined forces with Lee Olsen, Marshall Wilborn, and Lynn Morris in a group called Whetstone Run. He moved on in 1988 to the Weary Hearts, a group that also included Mike Bub, Butch Baldassari, and Ron Block. The newly formed quartet took top honors in a competition sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, and Flying Fish Records put out the group's By Heart album in 1989. His association with Weary Hearts, and Block in particular, led Jones to another life-changing event. He headed north to the Canadian province of Alberta as a guest at Block's wedding, where he met his bandmate's soon-to-be sister-in-law, Sally, the woman Jones would later take as his wife. In 1989, the couple settled in Nashville.

When Weary Hearts disbanded, Jones spent time touring and performing with several different artists, among them the McCarters, Vassar Clements, and the Lynn Morris Band. With Morris he played the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, as he also did with both the Whitstein Brothers and Laurie Lewis. Jones established his own group, the Nightdrivers, in 1995. Rebel Records issued the band's debut CD, No One but You, in 1997. The same year that the Nightdrivers formed, Strictly Country Records put out Jones' debut solo recording, Blinded by the Rose. While his band's sound was influenced by such bluegrass greats as Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, Jones himself draws on the influence of Block, Tony Rice, Larry Sparks, and George Schuffler. "Dark Wind of Missouri," from Blinded by the Rose, held a spot for more than 12 months on the National Bluegrass Survey issued by Bluegrass Unlimited. In addition to creating and playing bluegrass music, Jones writes about it in a column published by the magazine Flatpicking Guitar. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Too Far Down The Road

1. She Does All That

2. Lonely Comes Easy

3. Waltz Of Regret

4. Too Hard To Say I'm Sorry

5. Chances

6. Like A Hawk

7. Old Fella

8. She Onced Lived Here

9. Too Far Down The Road

10. After Sweet Memories

11. Hero In Harlan

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Track List: A Few Words: The Best of the Originals

1. Dark Wind of Missouri

2. Bridge to Portsmouth

3. A Few Words

4. Uphill Climb

5. Stream of Love

6. Nelson and the Mountains

7. Heartaches to Forget

8. Alone With You

9. Just a Town

10. Wit's End

11. Model Prisoner

12. Too Far Down the Road

13. Blinded by the Rose

14. Fork in the Road

15. No One But You

16. Witness

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Track List: Just A Drifter

1. Just A Town

2. Cowboys Ain't Supposed To Cry

3. Uphill Climb

4. The Man On The Side Of The Road

5. Tonight I'm Gonna Ride

6. Pretty Saro

7. The Last Nail

8. Witness

9. Slave Rock

10. Heartaches To Forget

11. BRN Breakdown

12. A Few More Years

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Track List: Follow Your Heart

1. Follow Your Heart Back Home

2. Nashville Blues

3. Nobody There But Me

4. Bridge to Portsmouth

5. Fork in the Road

6. Drinking from the Fountain

7. Some Leavin' Too

8. I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again

9. I'm Ready If You're Willin'

10. Train That Never Slows Down

11. Waltz of the Wind

12. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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Track List: No One But You

1. Ribbon Of Darkness

2. No One But You

3. I'm Not That Good At Goodbye

4. Stream Of Love

5. My Baby's Just Like Money

6. Sweetest Love

7. Only My Heart

8. Model Prisoner

9. Close The Door

10. In A Mandion Stands My Love

11. Shaky Ground

12. Whispering Now

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Sitting here listening to Chris Jones & WOP ,brining back so many memories missing u sooo much I must say I was glad to b apart for 19yrs .. R.I.p brother
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This Brotha's music lifts my spirits, makes me git up and dance and makes me recognize that the creator's language is truly music. Keep bringing joy, perfect health (cause I truly get a spiritual workout) and happiness to world.
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has anyone else heard of a new Christian singer named CHris Jones out of SC. He has only one CD that has been realeased but can't find it anywhere...h i s song "What do others see when they look at me?" is simply a real tear jerker that hits home.
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I just saw him on Showtime at the Apollo. I've never heard of him before early this morning. He's a breath of fresh air!
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Gone But Not Forgotten, one of your WOL Family Members
Deidra
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I miss Chris! I was pleasantly surprised when Dance started playing. You were an inspiration in music for many.
Cindy

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