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Clinton Gregory TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH

TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH
Clinton Gregory
CD Review by Preshias
He’s baaa-aack. It’s been a while
since the world had a chance to hear something new from Clinton
Gregory. Just about twenty years or so, in fact, since a Gregory
song broke the Top 30 Country charts.
Traditional country fans will figure
the wait was worthwhile when it comes to Gregory’s new CD release
“TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH” as his gravelly baritone makes the best
of subjects involving booze and women who let you down and men who
let themselves down, thanks to booze and women.
“Bridges,” a standout track penned
by Marty Brown and Gary (“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”)
Hannan, starts with the line: “He gets drunk, she does the drivin’/
When he’s actin’ like a fool, she’s apologizin’.” Gregory
goes on to tell us that she’s a cool drop of water when he’s
blowing off steam. A superb piece of mental imagery from great
writers that Clinton Gregory’s wistful voice does full justice to.
Gregory’s hardcore fans feel that he
carries the standard raised by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and the
vulnerable tough guys that are hard to find on Nashville labels these
days.
The title of the CD’s lead-off track,
“Too Country For Nashville” (written by Tommy Barnes and Wild
Bill Emerson), pretty much sums up Gregory’s attitude and that of
his legion of fans. He will never fit into the mold that shapes
today’s mainstream recording artists.
Speaking of
George Jones, “If That Ain’t Jones” talks about writing a song
and folks say, “If that ain’t Jones I’ll kiss your possum /
Sounds like him from top to bottom.” And, yeah, it kinda does.
“Chase Away The Lonely” is a
remorseful ballad that evokes last orders in a smoky bar swirling the
last drops of whisky around a glass and listening to the final sad
song on the jukebox. But he knows how to lighten the mood with songs
like “You Play Like Chet” and no, it sure ain’t Mr. Atkins that
this particular “chet” refers to!
It’s been too long since we heard
from Clinton Gregory. Say hello to the new.
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