Christopher Mark Jones’ long musical itinerary includes busking in Paris, the English folk club circuit, tours of Denmark and Holland, the Bristol and Rotterdam festivals, BBC and Capitol radio appearances in London, electric clubs in Boston and showcase clubs, house concerts and coffeehouses in Pittsburgh. His 1978 album for Transatlantic No More Range to Roam was released in five countries and distributed in the U.S. by Rounder. After forays into rock, jazz and swing, and time off to raise two sons, 2010’s Heartland Variations marked a return to the soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives of the first recording. The dozen new songs of Suburban 2-Step were released in April of 2012 and have found favor with folk DJs both nationally and internationally.
"No More Range to Roam" on Bill Leader's Leader/Trailer imprint for Transatlantic Records (1977, vinyl). Digitally remastered and self-released on CD in October 2010. Original airplay on London's BBC1 & 2 and Capitol Radio. Regional airplay on re-release.
"Heartland Variations" self-released CD in April of 2010. Track "Black Earth" airplay on WYEP.
"Suburban 2-Step" self-released CD (April 2012). July '12 distribution to folk radio network.
Christopher Mark Jones has worldly background
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"[Christopher] who sings in a rich voice that's just slightly rough around the edges, launched his o..."[Christopher] who sings in a rich voice that's just slightly rough around the edges, launched his own personal folk-blues revival with 2010's "Heartland Variations" and now a homespun-sounding new album he's called "Suburban 2-Step. The carefully crafted lyrics delve into small-town life ("Home at Last"), mature love ("High"), loneliness ("Mrs. Pennington"), travel ("Montreal Again," "Drivin' "), first-world problems ("Suburban 2-Step") and the larger society ("Numbers"). - Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Original songs, impeccable guitar styles, great vocals, moving lyrics
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"Curt and I mett [Pittsburgh] singer-songwriter Chris Jones at the Calliope song-swap a year or so a..."Curt and I mett [Pittsburgh] singer-songwriter Chris Jones at the Calliope song-swap a year or so ago, and we were very impressed by his well-crafted songs and impeccable musicianship. We are delighted to be able to present him to the great folk music-loving friends who attend our house concerts. Chris is a veteran songwriter and folk musician, who has recently returned to his love of creating and performing his own music after a hiatus to raise two sons. His musical influences began with the 60s roots folk revival, then Dylan, James Taylor and Paul Simon. He was further inspired by UK influences during his time on that folk circuit in the 70s, including John Martyn, Ralph McTell, Nic Jones. He sees himself in the American troubadour tradition now, a diverse group of singer songwriters that include people like Greg Brown, Guy Clark and David Wilcox. Chris writes his stories in the form he's most familiar with: the acoustic folk song, sung with a voice that's well-travelled. His guitar techniques come from many different genres, but he plays mostly traditional flat- and finger-picking styles."
A true troubador...
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Your best work so far... I've actually listed to the CD about 10 times... A great bunch of songs... ...Your best work so far... I've actually listed to the CD about 10 times... A great bunch of songs...
I just love No More Range to Roam, It's a throw back to a time when songs were actually written about something real. What a powerful message. I'm appreciative that you are a true troubadour. Can't wait to have you back on the show.
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