New CD, new dates!

Chris Jones, Jon Weisberger, Gina, Mark Stoffel

Photo by Stacy Battles

Greetings from the frozen north, my Alberta base, where the winter has been mild so far, but we do have snow on the ground. img_7990

We’re off the road for the remainder of 2016, but we have lots of exciting news for the new year: We have a new CD coming out on February 10, our 2nd for the Mountain Home label. Look for the first single release and downloadable tracks sometime in January. The title will be “Made to Move,” and will be our first featuring our new banjo player Gina Clowes. The new project will feature even more songs co-written by me and our bass player Jon Weisberger, as well as other songs of mine and Jon’s, plus original instrumentals by Gina and our mandolin player Mark Stoffel.

We’re excited about some new tour dates just added for 2017, too, including a Saturday slot at Merlefest, a May European tour, a January California tour, and a Missouri/Arkansas early spring tour, Winfield in September.

We have two Tennessee CD release shows planned, The Station Inn in Nashville on February 10th (the official date) and the East Tennessee version at The Down Home in Johnson City on Feb. 11th. Details are on our tour dates page, with more dates to be added soon!

One of our last shows for the year was at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY, kicking off their 35th season of bluegrass concerts.

Standing under the season posters at the Emelin

Standing under the season posters at the Emelin

This one was special for me, because I had played there with my first bluegrass band, Horse Country, when I was in my late teens (see photo and hair [!] below).

L-R: Steve Toth, Tara Rickart, Chris, Bob Mavian, Barry Mitterhoff

L-R: Steve Toth, Tara Rickart, Chris, Bob Mavian, Barry Mitterhoff

We had big news within the band, as Mark Stoffel, our mandolin player for the last decade, became an American citizen a few weeks ago. This was a big step for him and his family, and we’re awfully proud of him. The first noticeable effect is that he watched the Cubs win the World Series and had a pretty good idea of what was going on. He assures us, this will not affect his pretzel-making skills at all.

citizenship for Mark Stoffel

Enjoy the coming holiday season. For me, the time off the road has been a welcome chance to spend time with my family, and to start my curling season. So long for now! Chris Jones