The World --- The troubadour. The minstrel. The wandering musician peddling tunes from town to town, sharing tales old and new.
It is the age-old story of the touring musician, and it is very much the story of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. The group is set to release the aptly named Made To Move, (Mountain Home Music Company) on February 10, 2017; a distinctive offering from a truly global band of troubadours.
"I claim three or four home states and one home Canadian province," Jones notes. "Our band has members scattered all over the continent, and we travel the world playing music together."
In addition to the itinerant Jones, the Night Drivers include Jon Weisberger, who made his way to Tennessee from Ohio and has traversed the globe as a touring musician; Virginia native Gina Clowes; and Mark Stoffel, who makes his home in Southern Illinois by way of his native Germany. Stoffel recently took the oath of US citizenship.
Like the complex individuals who comprise this talented group, the songs on Made To Move are multi-faceted: an intelligent and introspective blend of the traditional, contemporary, meaningful, and provocative. There are songs of hardship and hope, songs that inspire and captivate, and yes, even a Bluegrass love song that weaves a tale without ending in someone's untimely end.
Staying true to the strengths that make The Night Drivers both original and tenacious, ten of the twelve tracks are written by the band.
"Gone like a long freight train rumbling through the night. Gone like a big jet plane trailing ou