Chris Jones started the Night Drivers 20 years ago.
Bass man Jon Weisberger and banjomeiser Ned Luberecki came aboard in 2003.
The new guy, mandolin player Mark Stoffel, has been with them since 2008.
Few bands have kept the same lineup that long.
The new album, “Run Away Tonight,” won’t be available for nearly two months — Aug. 21.
But its worth the wait for the band’s fan base.
Each member of the band wrote at least one song and Jones and/or Weisberger wrote a combined seven.
In fact, the only songs members of the band didn’t write were Tom T. Hall’s “Pinto The Wonder Horse is Dead,” a song about the death of a hero of the silver screen of yesteryear; Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs‘ “Thinking About You”; and the traditional “The Leaving of Liverpool,” a song that dates to the 19th century.
There are a couple of instruments — Stoffel’s “Shelby 8″ and Luberecki’s “Bowties Are Cool.”
“Laurie” is a playful song about a man trying to entice a woman out into the moonlight.
“One Night in Paducah” is the musical saga of a heartbroken man who finds untrue love while gambling on a riverboat and then wakes up on a levee with a hurting head and empty pockets.
“Once You’re Gone” and “She’s About To Say Goodbye” both find a man knowing that the woman who loves him is about to leave forever.
But “Dust Off The Pain” finds him searching for a new and better love.
And “Tonight I’m Gonna Ride” finds him on the road searching for a healthier town — and not coming back.
The album ends with a gospel song, “My Portion And My Cup.”
Good album by a good band that’s stood the test of time.
Can’t find it in stores? To preview songs or order the album, try http://chrisjonesgrass.com/chris–jones-the-night-drivers/.