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"Christopher Ryan Jones and The Bluegrass Mafia Signs Exclusive BMI Contract"

Christopher Ryan Jones and The Bluegrass Mafia Signs Exlusive BMI Contract
Date: Monday, September 17 2007 @ 04:40:00 EDT
Topic: Music News

On Friday September 14, 2007, Christopher Ryan Jones signed an exclusive two year song writing contract with BMI. Often describing himself as a songwriter first, musician second. Christopher has a gift of expressing the intimate feelings that we all experience in writing. It's truly exciting!

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Christopher Ryan Jones, returns to the bluegrass scene once again better than ever. Already a veteran at age twenty-four, Jones' mandolin playing and vocals have just improved with time. With one of the most entertaining and interesting performances to ever grace any bluegrass stage, he is backed by his dynamic band, The Bluegrass Mafia. With a unique sound, original songs, and Jones’ unique humor, this progressive group is sure to be the center of much talk as they now work on a much anticipated recording project.
Jones comments on his influences saying "there are so many I couldn't possibly name them all. The main two are George Jones and Bobby Osborne. I also derive great influence from The Del McCoury Band, Ronnie Milsap, John Prine, and Jerry Lee Lewis."

He records on the Indie label, Penuel Records. He looks forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with BMI.

- Cybergrass

"CRJ teams up with Fatman Promotions"

January 21, 2008

Christopher Ryan Jones
and the Bluegrass Mafia

Christopher Ryan Jones and the Bluegrass Mafia (CRJ) are a very unique bluegrass / comedy group. Watching this act is like going to an amusement park where you find all kinds of fun things all in one spot. You go from sidesplitting laughter, to almost tear jerking ballads and melodies. This is a show you’ll not want to miss this year.

CRJ is full of talent. From Chris’s unique writing skills and multi-instrument playing abilities, to the “Mafia’s” group of talented well renowned musicians. This group is awe inspiring to the new musician and entertaining for the seasoned veteran.

CRJ is writing new material and is looking to get back into the studio sometime after their summer tour. There are two projects in the works 1) Christopher Ryan Jones & The Bluegrass Mafia - Featuring all songs that I've written. 2) Old Brush Arbors - A bluegrass/gospel recording featuring many guest artists from various genres. CRJ is in the final stages of releasing their much-anticipated CD “Hello In There: A Tribute To John Prine. This CD has such great hits as: Title cut “Hello in there”, “Paradise”, and favorite funny song “Let’s talk dirty in Hawaiian” and so many more. This is a CD you must have in your collection. CRJ promises a press release the minute it becomes available. The last released CD “It’s all good” is out of print and these next projects promise to go just as quickly. CRJ is already receiving request from radio stations as far away as England, Germany, and Australia.

CRJ is looking towards some new corporate sponsorship this year. From Mandolin and string manufacturers to sponsors like “McIntyre Pickups”.

CRJ is looking to become a member of the IBMA and the SPBGMA and is looking to be present in most of the festivals this year. The only set back to this plan might be the awful accident he was in while shopping at a Wal-Mart store. This accident has injured his wrist causing CRJ to cancel five (5) shows to date. Wal-Mart had declined to take responsibility for this loss of Chris’s and has left it up to his own devices to get better and recover from this loss.

Chris is a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. and is carrying a very respectable GPA. BMI has thought so much of this rising star that they have signed with him to write songs. CRJ and the Mafia schedule is light during school season, booking dates are available and during the summer months almost anything goes. Due to the heavy response and the lack of time CRJ as teamed up with Fatman Promotions to handle all their PR, and booking task.

Please come out and support Christopher Ryan Jones and the Bluegrass Mafia this summer. This is a great show, great music, and wonderful family entertainment.

Visit CRJ on there web page

Or go to

Our Promo information can be found at:

For booking information contact David Beadle at Fatman@

Or call our office at (248) 366-1708 / Cell (248) 925-6773

- Fatman Promotions


It's All Good (2001) Out of print.
Hello In There: A Tribute to John Prine (2007)
Old Brush Arbors (coming 2008)



Christopher Ryan Jones' career over the last ten years has been interesting to say the least. Weather playing in front of crowds of over 20,000 or to small assemblies of just 30, he has been a favorite with audiences everywhere. The multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter is known not only for his musical ability but his hilarious antics.

There is one thing is for sure, Jones' mandolin playing and vocals have only improved with time. Often naming Bluegrass legend, Bobby Osborne and Country Music Hall of Fame member, George Jones, as his greatest influences: Jones' has developed a familiar yet individual sound.

Christopher attributes much of his success from the help of his band, The Bluegrass Mafia. This awesome group of musicians includes powerful players and talented singers in their own right, they create the framework for Jones' outrageous stage act.

With a unique sound, original songs, and Jones' unique humor, this progressive group is sure to be the center of much talk as they now work on a much-anticipated recording project. Playing everywhere from churches, music festivals, bars, and private parties, Jones' always finds a way to entertain audiences of all musical persuasions.

We are currently accepting bookings for the 2008 calendar, Christopher Ryan Jones & The Bluegrass Mafia, will be a great addition to your event. Hurry and book us now, slots are going quick.