Crossroads Music has added Jon Weisberger to its A&R team, with a focus on artists in the bluegrass, folk and Americana genres on the Mountain Home Music Company and Organic Records labels.
“As a member of Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, I’ve already been a member of the Mountain Home family for a few years, and had a chance to see the folks at Crossroads in action from an artist’s and songwriter’s perspective. In a tough industry, they really stand out for their music-centered approach, their forward thinking about the recorded music business, and most of all, their integrity,” says Weisberger. “I was honored to be invited to contribute to the company’s efforts, and I’m excited to get to work in bringing new talent into the fold as well as working with the great artists — many of them long-time friends and colleagues — already on the Mountain Home and Organic rosters.”
Weisberger began his career as a music journalist, writing for numerous outlets and penning the liner notes for over 100 albums. His worked earned two IBMA writing awards and the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism.
In 2003, Weisberger moved to Nashville and joined Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. He appeared as bassist and harmony singer on seven albums by the group and contributed as a co-writer to more than a dozen songs in the band’s recorded repertoire before retiring from the band in 2019 and moving to Brevard, North Carolina.
In 2012, after more than two dozen of his songs were recorded, Weisberger was named the IBMA’s first Songwriter of the Year. He has earned nearly 200 cuts to date with the Infamous Stringdusters; the Del McCoury Band; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Balsam Range; Blue Highway; the O’Connor Band; Sierra Hull; Jim Lauderdale; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Lindsay Lou and more. At the end of 2018, Weisberger joined the staff of Asheville Music Publishing, writing exclusively for the company and signing co-writers Thomm Jutz, Mark Simos and Becky Warren to co-publishing deals.
Weisberger also spent some time as a bluegrass radio DJ, serving as a producer for the syndicated program, “Into The Blue” from 2006 to 2009, and spending over a decade as producer and co-host of the popular SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction show, “Hand-Picked with Del McCoury.”
During most of that time, he also served as a member of the IBMA’s Board of Directors, including two years as chair.
“It turns out that the old saying about one door opening when another closes really has some truth to it,” says Weisberger. “I’m a little sad to say farewell to Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, but it’s no exaggeration to say that joining the Crossroads team and digging into a new way for me to help ensure the vitality of bluegrass and other forms of American roots music is the opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get going!”
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