Jon Weisberger, well-known in the bluegrass community, has joined the A&R team at Crossroads Music, with a focus on artists in the bluegrass, folk and Americana genres on the Mountain Home Music Company and Organic Records labels.
"As a member of Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, I've already been a member of the Mountain Home family for a few years, and had a chance to see the folks atCrossroads in action from an artist's and songwriter's perspective. In a tough industry, they really stand out for their music-centered approach, their forward thinking about the recorded music business, and most of all, their integrity," saysWeisberger. "I was honored to be invited to contribute to the company's efforts, and I'm excited to get to work in bringing new talent into the fold as well as working with the great artists - many of them long-time friends and colleagues - already on the Mountain Home and Organic rosters."
Weisberger has used his talent to grow and expand the bluegrass community through songwriting, playing and producing, among other responsibilities. He was first noted as a music journalist, writing for several outlets and penning liner notes for more than 100 albums. His work earned him two International Bluegrass Music Association writing awards, as well as the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism.
In 2003, Weisberger moved to Nashville and joined Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. He appeared as bassist and harmony singer on seven albums by the group and contributed as a co-writer to more than a dozen songs in the band's recorded repertoire - including eight that appeared on Bluegrass Today's year-end top 30 charts between 2012 and 2018 - before retiring from the band in 2019 and moving to Brevard, North Carolina. He's also performed with a variety of other artists, ranging from Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall to Jim Lauderdale, Pam Tillis and bluegrass Hall of Famers Hazel Dickens, Del McCoury and Roland White.
In 2012, after more than two dozen of his songs were recorded, Weisberger was named the IBMA's first Songwriter of the Year. He's one of the music's most prolific composers, scoring nearly 200 cuts to date with the Infamous Stringdusters; the Del McCoury Band; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Balsam Range; Blue Highway; the O'Connor Band; Sierra Hull; Jim Lauderdale; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Lindsay Lou and more. At the end of 2018,Weisberger joined the staff of Asheville Music Publishing, writing exclusively for the company and signing co-writers Thomm Jutz, Mark Simos and Becky Warrento co-publishing deals.
Weisberger also spent some time as a bluegrass radio DJ, serving as a producer for the syndicated program, "Into The Blue" from 2006 to 2009, and spending over a decade as producer and co-host of the popular SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction show, "Hand-Picked with Del McCoury."
During most of that time, he also served as a member of the IBMA's Board of Directors, including two years as chair.
"It turns out that the old saying about one door opening when another closes really has some truth to it," says Weisberger. "I'm a little sad to say farewell to Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, but it's no exaggeration to say that joining theCrossroads team and digging into a new way for me to help ensure the vitality of bluegrass and other forms of American roots music is the opportunity of a lifetime. I can't wait to get going!"