Lost Souls & Free Spirits: The Rebel Collection Old & New

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
He's not a household name in bluegrass circles like Bill Monroe or Flatt & Scruggs, and he's not a break-out darling of the roots-appreciation crowd like Ralph Stanley. But among the bluegrass cognoscenti, Chris Jones' name is spoken with something like reverence; not only is he a very fine rhythm and lead guitarist and a gifted songwriter, he is also one of the few bluegrass singers who has managed to forge a sound all his own while remaining firmly in the stylistic mainstream. Part of what makes his sound personal and unique is the fact that he sings in a low and mellow register -- more Jim Reeves than Del McCoury. But it's also in the emotional depth of his songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
He's not a household name in bluegrass circles like Bill Monroe or Flatt & Scruggs, and he's not a break-out darling of the roots-appreciation crowd like Ralph Stanley. But among the bluegrass cognoscenti, Chris Jones' name is spoken with something like reverence; not only is he a very fine rhythm and lead guitarist and a gifted songwriter, he is also one of the few bluegrass singers who has managed to forge a sound all his own while remaining firmly in the stylistic mainstream. Part of what makes his sound personal and unique is the fact that he sings in a low and mellow register -- more Jim Reeves than Del McCoury. But it's also in the emotional depth of his songs and the the way he takes straight-ahead instrumentation and arrangements and presses them into the service of chord progressions that are much more complex than you'll generally hear in bluegrass. This collection pulls together tracks from three albums he recorded for the venerable Rebel label between 1997 and 2000 No One But You, Follow Your Heart, and Just a Drifter, plus three tracks from the self-released Cloud of Dust and three new recordings. The program consists mostly of Jones originals but also includes a few bluegrass and honky tonk classics, like the Delmore Brothers' "Nashville Blues" and the Louvin Brothers' lovely gospel song "Whispering Now" not to mention the occasional slight oddity, such as the Gordon Lightfoot number "Ribbon of Darkness". While longstanding fans will already own much of this material, Lost Souls & Free Spirits offers newcomers an excellent introduction to one of bluegrass music's richest talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511751829
  • Catalog Number: 7518
  • Sales rank: 135,376

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Primary Artist
Tom T. Hall Vocals
Mike Compton Mandolin
Harley Allen Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Block Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Luke Bulla Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Ned Luberecki Banjo, Muted Banjo
Dan Tyminski Mandolin
Andrea Zonn Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie Mandolin
Wayne Benson Mandolin
Darrin Vincent Bass, Tenor (Vocal)
Pam Gadd Baritone (Vocal)
Paul Brewster Tenor (Vocal)
Jon Weisberger Bass
Homer Forbes Vocal Harmony
Lori Forbes Vocal Harmony
Mark Stoffel Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Stewart Fiddle
Sally Jones Baritone (Vocal)
Jay Forbes Vocal Harmony
Jesse Brock Mandolin
Aaron Till Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal)
Irl Hees Bass, Tenor (Vocal)
Megan Lynch Fiddle
Jeremy Garrett Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Witcher Dobro
Kent Blanton Bass
Markie Sanders Bass
Doug Knecht Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Missy Werner Baritone (Vocal)
Lisa Forbes Vocal Harmony
Kevin Crampton Percussion
Chris Jones Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer, Engineer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Eddie Hill Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Tim Stafford Producer
Brent Truitt Engineer
Darrin Vincent Producer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Johnny Duncan Composer
Jon Weisberger Composer, Liner Notes
Sunny Russ Composer
Vernon Claud Composer
Ben Surratt Engineer
Jerry Organ Composer
Dixie Hall Composer
Ronny Light Engineer
Rich Adler Engineer
Alex McColough Mastering
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