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The Man On The Side Of The Road
Chris Jones & Tom T Hall

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Tom T Hall and friends sing the songs of Tom T & Miss Dixie at the 2007 IBMA
FanFest - Nashville TN. Chris Jones and Tom T singing "The Man On The Side
Of The Road"

About the artist

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, All Music Guide