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Westport keeps up with the Joneses

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NASHVILLE NOTABLES The multi-award-winning Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. Pic: Jon Longmire

Respected American bluegrass musician Chris Jones and his band The Night Drivers will perform in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar on Thursday, March 1, as part of their Irish tour.
Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today. They deliver it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the US and the world.
Founded by guitarist Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance: guitarist Chris Jones, bassist Jon Weisberger, Mark Stoffel on Mandolin and Gina Clowes, the group’s newest member, on banjo.
The Nashville-based band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of their current songs, and all four members contributing material. Chris and Jon are both  International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for ‘Fork in the Road’. In total, Chris and the band members have won eight IBMA awards.
The band is led by Chris’s soulful lead-singing and solid rhythm and lead guitar. The bluegrass singer, guitarist, songwriter, and broadcaster boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs and The Chieftains.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers will perform in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar on Thursday, March 1, at 8pm. Admission €15.