CMJ live at Hambones Pittsburgh

Christopher Mark Jones' early musical itinerary included busking in Paris, the English folk club circuit, tours of Denmark and Holland, European festivals and radio, then electric clubs in Boston. These days he enjoys playing small concert series, house concerts and coffeehouses in the Midwest and the Eastern U.S.

His 1978 album for Transatlantic No More Range to Roamwas 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’sHeartland Variationsmarked a return to the soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives of the first recording. The dozen new songs of Suburban 2-Stepwere released in April of 2012 and found favor with folk DJs both nationally and internationally. His fourth album,Atlantica,was released in the Spring of of 2014 and reflects an expanded narrative palette including both urban and international themes. Incantations is in preparation for a 2016 release.

Notable quotes

"[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...

"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

Performance reviews

2013 (NY) - "Christopher Mark Jones is a real pro and quite an interesting down-to-earth guy. Our friends loved the concert, and his way of opening up to the audience created an intimate and meaningful atmosphere for a really great evening. It was easy to arrange everything and he was also a fun and considerate overnight guest. We had a really nice talk and connection, and the music can't be beat!"

2013 (Maryland) - "Christopher Mark Jones has an incredible talent for telling stories through his lyrics. He brings out familiar sensitivities we can relate to. His voice catches your attention and has quite a convincing warm quality. He is very flexible and easy to work out arrangements with. He's personable to the guests as well."

2105 (North Carolina) "Wonderful show with Christopher. Great stories, solid songwriting and kept everyoneinterested throughout the show. He has people asking for his return to my series next year." Ken - House Concert host

2016 (Maryland) "This was Christopher Mark Jones' second appearance at my concert series. It was a delight to have him return and listen to some new material and "older" favorites. His rough edged, yet soft spoken vocals are captivating. His lyrics tell wonderful stories that keep the audience engaged. He is easy to communicate with and very easy going." Robin - House Concert host