The Roots Ensemble mixes originals from the catalogue of Christopher Mark Jones' five albums and selected covers by artists like Keb Mo, John Hiatt, The Band, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, the Neville Brothers. Mose Allison, Don Williams, Tom Waits and Little Feat. Christopher has busked in Paris, toured Europe and the U.S. as a songwriter, and led bands in Boston and Pittsburgh. Other members include Vince Camut (electric and pedal steel guitars), a Johnstown native and Berklee School of Music graduate, a full-time guitar teacher who has played in country bands, with Tracy Drach, Ben Shannon and Heather Kropf and is an in-demand session player; Eric Kurtzrock (drums and vocals) a producer, engineer and session player, who played jazz, rock and bluegrass in New York City and San Francisco before returning to his native Pittsburgh, and Mark Perna (bass), a medical physicist who plays electric and upright basses, produces and records with jazz saxophonists Richie Cole and Don Aliquo Sr and songwriter Peter King


Contact Christopher at or 412-576-4886.