Bluegrass and Curling

Greetings from the “Northern Studio” (northern Alberta’s Peace Country). The Night Drivers are winding down the touring season after a very busy fall and before a busy 2014 ahead.

This is giving me time to do some curling, my winter hobby in these parts. Above you’ll find a little bluegrass curling video (“bluegrass” because the soundtrack is me and Brad Davis, playing a tune I wrote called “Wit’s End”). Thanks to past Alberta Mixed champion Graham Powell for helping with the video recording, giving me some badly needed curling tips and for skipping the league team I’m playing with.

Meanwhile, though we’re off the road for a little while, things are going extremely well for our album “Lonely Comes Easy.” We returned to the #1 spot in Bluegrass Today’s weekly chart and currently sit at #2 on both the weekly and monthly charts (I realize that “We’re number 2! We’re number 2!” doesn’t make for a very inspiring chant, but after two trips to the top spot, we’re very happy with that). Good reviews continue to pour in too, like these two recent ones from Sing Out! and Lonesome Road Review

We’re excited about how 2014 is shaping up for the band: We’ve got some bookings that are putting us in front of a variety of audiences, including the Big Sky Big Grass Festival in Montana, Merlefest in North Carolina, and Bean Blossom in Indiana, among others. As always, we’ll have all confirmed dates posted on the tour page.

My column this week in Bluegrass Today is the first in a 2-part series on issues in the recording studio, which, even after Halloween, can be a scary place. I focus more on the psychology of the studio rather than offering practical advice (I’m qualified to do neither!).

Today (Friday, November 1) we’ll celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the formation of the Seldom Scene, with a little extra Scene music on Truegrass this week. We’ll also be wishing a happy birthday to Alan Munde and Allen Mills and playing some of their music. Truegrass is the weekly classic bluegrass show that I host on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction (channel 61). Air time for Truegrass is Friday, 3-6 PM eastern, and Sunday, 6-9 PM eastern.

chris jonesFinally, I was out guiding some little ones through the trick-or-treating process, and I’m not sure where I was going with this costume, and finally decided it was a Swedish Howard Stern (because I’m wearing a Swedish Army surplus coat, and I just liked the sound of it).

After all, we do both work for the same company (if at a slightly different salary level).

Have a great week, and don’t forget to set your clocks back . . . or is it forward?