Chris Jones - Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

Chris Jones

REB-CD-1749

Rebel Records
PO Box 3057
Roanoke, Va 24015

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied
(banjoz@aol.com)

Looking for a good bluegrass/country vocal album? Maybe you should follow your ears to Chris Jones' latest album Follow Your Heart.

Chris Jones is a singer and guitarist who was part of a number of bluegrass bands. He has recently taken the limelight by producing this album and a previous one - No One But You. Follow Your Heart is primarily a vocal album, but there is a good amount of quality instrumental backup as well, provided by a bevy of talented musicians. Chris, who is a featured contributor to Flatpick Guitar magazine, lends his considerable guitar talents on some of the fill in licks (it would have been nice to hear a little more, maybe, in the way of an instrumental). The album is a mix of bluegrass and acoustic country. Jones' voice is a pleasant baritone with a little tightness a la country's George Jones (no known relation). Chris Jones' wife, Sally adds a nice vocal harmony to several of the songs.

Chris wrote, with some assistance, four of the songs on the album. The title cut was written by Jones and Harley Allen. It has lyrics and melody that keep your attention and make you want more. A traditional bluegrass/country tune, Nashville Blues, is my favorite on the album. I first heard it from Doc Watson. This version has a lot of feeling yet adds some freshness that justifies another rendition of an old tune. Another great song is the country/blues Fork in the Road.

There are a couple of nice gospel songs - the Stanley Brothers' Drinking from the Fountain, and the traditional Leaning on Everlasting Arms. A trio of oldies - "I'm So Afraid of Losing You" (Charlie Pride), I'm Ready If Your Willin (Johnny Horton), and Waltz of the Wind (Fred Rose) provide the listener with some country music nostalgia.

Other songs on the album:

One the whole, Follow Your Heart should appeal to traditional bluegrass and acoustic country fans. There are several very good songs here. And Chris Jones' singing has a lot of heart.

Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz (rschwartz@oeb.harvard.edu)

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