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Fiddlers’ concert series features Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, salute to Delmore Brothers

ATHENSThe Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Concert Series continues next month with a concert with a performance by Chris Jones & the Night Drivers.

The concert will be 7 p.m. July 23 at Athens State University in McCandless Hall and will include an educational component regarding the history and impact of the Delmore Brothers.

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers make some of the most distinctively elegant, yet driving bluegrass music heard anywhere today. Deeply rooted in tradition but never bound to it, they deliver original music with tight arrangements, emotional authenticity, and engaging humor.

As actor and banjo player Steve Martin says, “Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters,” adding that the Night Drivers are “some of the best players in bluegrass.”

Collectively, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have won 18 IBMA awards and have racked up 21 No. 1 songs. The band’s latest release, their first all-original album, Make Each Second Last, has received rave reviews and has so far yielded an unprecedented eight consecutive #1 songs, including the title track “We Needed This Ride.”

Their song, “Riding the Chief,” co-written by Chris and Thomm Jutz, was nominated for 2022 IBMA Song of the Year. They have topped both the Bluegrass Today and Roots Music Review airplay charts with the latest album.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults/$5 for children and can be purchased at www.TVOTFC.org.

This event is presented the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Steering Committee, the Livingston Concert/Lecture Series, and Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, with funding made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Redstone Federal Credit Union is the Platinum Sponsor.

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