CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS, “Lonely Comes Easy,” Rebel. 13 tracks.

Chris Jones got his musical start as an 18-year-old with the New York band, Horse Country.

He went on to hone his bluegrass skills with Dave Evans and Special Consensus before moving to Nashville 25 years ago as a member of Weary Hearts, a band that included Ron Block, Mike Bub and the late Butch Baldassari.

In the mid-1990s, Jones formed the Night Drivers, a band that has been on the verge of moving to bluegrass’ top ranks for years.

He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist and a host on SiriusXM’s “Bluegrass Junction.”

And “Lonely Comes Easy,” the band’s first album of new material since 2009, showcases the first three skills.

Jones wrote or co-wrote six of the 13 songs on the album.

Night Drivers banjo man Ned Luberecki and mando man Mark Stoffel each contributed an instrumental — “Don’t Blink” and “Swine Flu in Union County” respectively.

There’s an amazing version of “Wake Up, Little Maggie,” a tribute to the late Doc Watson, that’s mostly a capella with Buddy Greene’s harmonica interspersed and the other instruments joining in near the end.

And the band does an outstanding version of C.W. McCall’s 1975 spoken word classic, “Wolf Creek Pass,” about a runaway chicken truck in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

Claire Lynch and Sierra Hull perform as the “Wolf Creekettes,” the backing chorus on the song, which features an extended bluegrass jam.

There’s also a great version of Ralph Stanley’s “A Few More Years,” a song about the shortness of life.

A good album packed with a lot of good songs.

Look for it stores on Aug. 27 or online at places like

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