Bluegrass Music defines
a genre of music as truthful as the words in RED in the Good Book. This is why
country artist Clinton Gregory and his first “release” as a Bluegrass artist
fits this music like and a hand and a glove.
Clinton, has lived life
full circle; from records and albums on the chart with success in the early
’90s, (including one of my favorite songs “If It Weren’t For Country Music I’d
Go Crazy”) to tours and sold out shows. Then his life went 180 degrees into a
painful divorce, addiction and loss of his record deal. He was in a downward
spiral and stayed there until an earth angel by the name of Hank Cochran
entered the picture, along with a VERY long talk with Jesus, and his conversion
back to his faith, and in 2005 he was back on track. Clinton hit it head on,
performing, recording, touring and songwriting. Listen to track number twelve
“Crucifixion.” The heaven-influenced lyrics and Clinton’s surreal delivery will
make the goose bumps appear and make you stop in you tracks. Four minutes and
34 seconds of the pure truth.
When I meet Clinton in
the early 1990’s, he hadn’t been in Nashville very long. He had just come from
the Virginia Bluegrass Music scene. Proficient on fiddle and guitar since the
age of 10, I am surprised it took 40 years for him to do a bluegrass to
the bone album. I must remember; it’s God’s time not ours.
Clinton lights up the
fiddle on “Katy Hill” and he brings his musical vision full force on some
‘Country to the Core’ favorites and puts his vocal and instrumental artistry on
these tracks to bring them home. Tracks such as ”Looking For A Place To Fall
Apart” written by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Freddy D. Powers. Then you
have “I Never Go Around Mirrors,” “Little Cabin Home On The Hill” and “Somehow
Tonight.”When you have Lefty Frizzell, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Lester
Flatt co-penning these legendary songs, you’d better make sure, you nail them.
Clinton definitely makes these heroes and legends of bluegrass proud!
* My wish is for this
album is for it to be a serious contender in the IBMA’s nomination rounds. This
musical journey is worthy of this noteworthy recognition.
Preshias Note: Roots
Of My Raising was recorded with The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band, who
will be touring in support of the album. Harold Roper is on banjo, Doug Flowers
on mandolin, Scott Terry on bass and Gregory on guitar and fiddle.
This CD Review is
dedicated to my other daddy Van McCombs. He took me to my first Bluegrass
festival in Leitchfield, KY and I fell in love with the music. Two of the
finalists were Jimmy Mattingly (Garth Brooks) and Mark O’ Connor Global
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