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BGS Wraps: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow”

Dec 17, 2021


 

Artist: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow”

In Their Words: “This song has been a part of my life and Christmas celebrations for as long as I can remember. I learned it from an Odetta album of Christmas spirituals, which was the only Christmas record in our house for about the first 10 or 12 years of my life. I probably first became aware of the song when I was 4 or 5 years old but I didn’t start performing ‘Rise Up Shepherd and Follow’ myself until fairly recently. It was really meaningful to me to go into the studio with the Night Drivers and record something that really represents one of my first musical memories. Our bass player Marshall Wilborn is spotlighted on the bass. He’s known — deservedly so, I think — as one of bluegrass music’s most solid traditional players, but on this recording he shows another side of his playing and his bass versatility. My wife Sally guests on harmony vocals.” — Chris Jones

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