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 was No More Range to Roam, 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, 2012, and have found favor with folk DJs nationally and internationally.
Christopher Mark Jones’ early performance history (late ‘70s) included 4 years on the British folk club circuit, with appearances at the Birmingham and Bristol Folk Festivals (on the bill with Silly Wizard, Happy and Artie Traum), and the Rotterdam Folk Festival (on the bill with Bob Dylan and Gerry Rafferty), as well as club tours of Holland and Denmark. In the early ‘80s he worked primarily in electric venues from Newport, R.I. to Portland, Maine, while based in Boston. Returning to gigging (after the parenting years) he has been playing regularly in Pennsylvania, and is expanding his touring into New England, the Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest.
“[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.read full article…
“Christopher Jones: Original songs, impeccable guitar styles, great vocals, moving lyrics” – Musican and house concert host Annie Trimble read more…[Suburban 2-Step] “…the sound is layered and
warm, and the best songs are perfectly suitable for radio play on stations aimed at grown-ups. Perhaps my favourites are “Home At Last”, a paean to homeownership, which seems almost trite when expressed that simply, but in reality articulates a heartfelt desire to
belong somewhere – and for somewhere to belong – and “The Numbers”, a folk-pop future classic that has rooted itself in the part of my brain that prompts unsolicited outbreaks of song at completely inopportune moments.” Rob F. for Leicester Bangs. read full review…
“Your songs are beautiful, full of thought and heart and craft.” Elizabeth Seamans, filmmaker
“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.” Anthony Frazier, host of the Acoustic Hour radio show on WCCS 1160 AM[No More Range to Roam]“..there are real passionate songs with nice guitar solos (Morning Glory, Steelhead Blues), which put Jones midway between Jackson Browne and the Pousette-Dart Band.” Wiebren Rijkeboer at atlcountry.nl [Suburban 2-Step] “In the end… the stories are what makes this album memorable. Particularly the overarching one of a midwestern kid who has seen the world as a musician and athlete, but is happy in the knowledge that, “what we have right now is better than old glory.” Max Jones mtl2mtl.com read full review