IBMA Voting, New Shows

Greetings from an airport somewhere! I just had a Vienna Beef hot dog, so I’m guessing this is O’Hare.


A month or so ago, we played our first show with our new banjo player, Gina Clowes. We’re very excited about what she brings to The Night Drivers, and response to the new lineup has been tremendous. She’s a talented and dedicated musician who is a perfect fit with the sound of the band. Gina’s debut was at the World Famous Station Inn in Nashville (photo by Stacy Dawn Battles).Gina's debut

Among other upcoming shows, we’re looking forward to making an appearance in Gina’s home base of Winchester, VA, when we play the Bright Box Theater on Mother’s Day, May 8th. Consider a ticket to the show the ideal Mother’s Day gift (what you give the mom who already has everything!)


Voting for the IBMA awards has begun, and the first ballot is wide open, i.e. it’s strictly write-in based on a list of eligible recordings. This is the reasons that bluegrass artists pass around reminders about categories they’d like you to consider. When faced with a blank space, sometimes its hard to think of what or who you intend to vote for. We’re no different in this regard, and so below is a list of some categories we’d love to be included in, if you considered our recordings worthy in the past year (read all the way to the bottom–that’s where the jokes are):

Album of the Year: Run Away Tonight

Song of the Year: “Laurie” Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Chris Jones/Jon Weisberger, writers

Instrumental Recorded Performance: “Shelby 8”

Gospel Recorded Performance: “My Portion and My Cup”

Instrumental Group of the Year: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Vocal Group: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Entertainer: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Male Vocalist: Chris Jones

Bass Player: Jon Weisberger

Mandolin Player: Mark Stoffel

Banjo Player: Gina Clowes

Guitar Player: Chris Jones

Funniest German: Mark Stoffel

Bluegrass Curler: Chris Jones

Best Bluegrass Scrapple: Gina and Paul Clowes

Canadian/American Interpreter: Chris Jones

Bluegrass Multi-tasker: Jon Weisberger

Best Pretzel baker: Mark Stoffel

Thanks for your consideration. And, of course, don’t forget to actually vote. It’s way more fun and less contentious than a presidential primary!

Our next shows coming up will take us to my mother’s home town of Kalamazoo on April 29, and Evanston, IL on April 30. Information on both shows is on our tour dates page.