• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

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  • Gene Watson's Calendar

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Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

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office: 615-368-7433
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Telephone 615-777-6995

Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Clinton Gregory, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Clinton Gregory who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Sean Brady would also like to say 'thank you' to Jamie Creasy at Melody Roundup Music (118 16th Avenue South, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37203), without whom this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote' from Clinton Gregory would not have been possible.



Clinton Gregory
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

'It's rare in life to have had a chance to work with one of the most perfectly consistent voices in music.

One of the first conversations we had, just out of the blue, I looked at him and said, 'Well, I hope you're happy!'

He said, 'What do you mean?'  I said, 'You've set the bar almost too high for the rest of us!'

I treasure every note of music I've played with Gene and, as a human being, just being around him has made me a better person and performer.

God bless you Gene Watson and may you live and sing forever'.

Thank you, Clinton Gregory, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Clinton Gregory...

Clinton Gregory was born in Martinville, Virginia on Sunday 1 March 1964 and came from a long line of fiddle players.

As a small child playing in the dirt of Henry County, Virginia Clinton Gregory knew his life was going to differ from all those around him, but he could not have anticipated the great highs and lows his life adventures would bring.

Clinton Gregory began playing the fiddle at the age of five; by the time he was six years old, he was performing at bluegrass festivals. A fifth-generation fiddle player, Clinton Gregory was born into a family steeped in traditional country music. At the age of twelve, Clinton Gregory and his family moved to Nashville, where his father, Willie Gregory, performed on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry.

During the early 1990s, Clinton Gregory celebrated a string of successes with the release of six national recording projects while signed to Step One Records, eleven charting singles, including 'Play, Ruby Play', '(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' and 'Who Needs It' found success on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart, becoming the first independent artist in over a decade to reach the Top 30 on the Bilboard country music singles chart.

Clinton Gregory also performed alongside country music stars such as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Junior, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn), Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Billy Dean, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, The Statler Brothers and Suzy Bogguss.

In 1990, Clinton Gregory saw the release of the non-album single, 'Rocking The Country' (written by Tommy Barnes and Tony Stampley); the track did not chart, but was subsequently included on Clinton Gregory's fourth album, 'Master of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), which was released on Step One Records, a record label founded by Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter ().

In 1990, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his debut album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Music 'N' Me' (Step One Records, 1990), which included four tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Nobody's Darlin' But Mine', which was written by Jimmie Davis (11 September 1899 - Sunday 5 November 2000) (this single did not chart)
'Made For Lovin' You' (written by Curly Putman and Sonny Throckmorton) (this single did not chart)
'She Put The Music In Me' (written by Al DeLory and Lee Johnson) (this single did not chart)
'Couldn't Love Have Picked A Better Place To Die' (written by Curly Putman and Bucky Jones) (No.64, 1991)

Clinton Gregory's debut album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Music 'N' Me' (Step One Records, 1990), also included the following tracks:

'Moccasin Man', which was written by Joe Allen and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'Back On Track', which was written by D. Gibson, Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004) and M. Johnson
'Darlin' Does He' (written by K. Steele, R. Steele and John Wiggins)
'Love Is A Road' (written by Jim Rushing, Rory Bourke and J. Hicks)
'Loving On Backstreets' (written by Hugh H. King)
'You Can't Take It With You' (written by Hal Bynum and Jim Kandy)
'I Can't Be Myself', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)

Personnel involved in the recording of Clinton Gregory's debut album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Music 'N' Me' (Step One Records, 1990), included the following:

Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009) and Roger Ball: rhythm guitar
Gene Chrisman: drums
Buddy Emmons: steel guitar
Gregg Galbraith and Brent Mason: lead guitar
Clinton Gregory: fiddle and vocals
Bunky Keels: piano
Gary Prim: keyboards
David Smith: bass
Dennis Wilson and Rhonda Hart: background vocals

Clinton Gregory's debut album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Music 'N' Me' (Step One Records, 1990), was produced by Ray Pennington and engineered by Kevin McManus.

Making his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1990, Clinton Gregory enjoyed the privilege of gracing the stage at the Mother Church of country music nearly thirty times over, including the cherished moment in February 1992 when his father joined him and they performed for the very last time as father and son; Clinton Gregory’s father passed away just two short months later).

In 1991, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his second album, '(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' (Step One Records, 1991), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' (written by Alan Syms) (No.26, 1991)
'One Shot At A Time' (written by Curt Ryle) (No.51, 1991)
'Satisfy Me And I'll Satisfy You' (written by Bill Dees) (No.53, 1991)

Clinton Gregory's second album, '(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' (Step One Records, 1991), also included the following tracks:

'I'll Never Always Love You' (written by Mel Holt)
'Maybe I Should Have Been Listening' (written by Buzz Rabin)
'Heartbreak Highway' (written by Lonnie Wilson, Brent Mason and Don Pfrimmer)
'Blue Country Frame Of Mind' (written by Ray Pennington)
'House Of Diamonds' (written by Curt Ryle and Mike Baker)
'There's Never Been A Honky Tonk' (written by Mel Holt)
'Your Uncharted Mind' (written by Mel Holt)
'For Crying Out Loud' (written by David Brewer, Faye Brewer and Jerry Cupit)

Personnel involved in the recording of Clinton Gregory's second album, '(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' (Step One Records, 1991), included the following:

Clinton Gregory: fiddle
Roger Ball and Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009): acoustic guitar
Buddy Emmons: steel guitar
Brent Mason: lead guitar
Jerry Kroon and Gene Chrisman: drums
Bunky Keels: acoustic piano
Gary Prim: keyboards
David Smith: bass
Clinton Gregory, Dennis Wilson and Rhonda Hart: background vocals

Clinton Gregory's second album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, '(If It Weren't For Country Music) I'd Go Crazy' (Step One Records, 1991), was produced by Ray Pennington and engineered by Kevin McManus.

In December 1991, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his third album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Freeborn Man' (Step One Records, 1991), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Play, Ruby, Play' (written by Troy Seals and Tony Brown) (No.25, January 1992) / this track also reached No.20 on the RPM Country Tracks Chart in Canada
'She Takes The Sad Out Of Saturday Night' (written by Curt Ryle and B. Henderson) (No.50, 1992)
'Who Needs It' (written by J. Mehaffey and Brent Mason) (No.29, 1992)
'Look Who's Needing Who' (written by Clinton Gregory, Randy Hardison and Kevin Grantt) (No.65, 1993)

'Play Ruby Play' (written by Troy Seals and Tony Brown) was also a video hit on both Country Music Television (CMT) and The Nashville Network (TNN).

Clinton Gregory's third album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Freeborn Man' (Step One Records, 1991), also included the following tracks:

'If A Broken Heart Could Kill' (written by Wayland Holyfield, Norro Wilson and Allen Henson)
'Freeborn Man' (written by Mark Lindsay and Keith Allison)
'Till This Ring Turns Green' (written by Mel Holt)
'The Game Is The Same' (written by Ray Pennington)
'She Can't Believe My Eyes (written by Roger Ball)
'Here's To You, Tears To Me' (written by Andrew Wilson Junior)
'The Jukebox Has A 45' (written by B. Charles and C. McGuyer)
'I Wish It Was That Easy Going Home', which was written by Red Lane and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010)

Personnel involved in the recording of Clinton Gregory's third album, 'Freeborn Man' (Step One Records, 1991), included the following:

Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009) and Roger Ball: acoustic guitar
Jimmy Capps, Brent Mason and Redd Volkaert: lead guitar
Buddy Emmons: steel guitar
Clinton Gregory: fiddle
Bunky Keels: piano
Jerry Kroon: drums
Gary Prim: synthesizers
David Smith: bass guitar
Clinton Gregory, Jennifer O'Brian and Dennis Wilson: background vocals

Clinton Gregory's third album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Freeborn Man' (Step One Records, 1991), was produced by Ray Pennington and engineered by Kevin McManus.

On Monday 21 June 1993, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his fourth album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Master Of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Standing On The Edge Of Love' (written by J.P. Pennington and Troy Seals) (No.52, 1993)
'Master Of Illusion' (written by Curt Ryle and Mel Tillis Junior) (No.59, 1993)

Clinton Gregory's fourth album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Master Of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), also included the following tracks:

'If I Were A Painting' (written by Skip Ewing, Donald R. Ewing II and Don Sampson)
'The Day The Boys Leave The Girls Alone' (written by Troy Seals)
'In The Arms Of Love', which was written by Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006) and Gene Price
'Somewhere Beyond Nowhere' (written by Mel Holt)
'Surrender' (written by Kent Blazy, Joe Diffie and Lonnie Wilson)
'Rocking The Country' (written by Tommy Barnes and Tony Stampley)
'Watermelon Time In Georgia', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Ladies Choice' (written by Don Singleton and Rick Yancey)
'Wish You Were Here' (written by Bob Dellaposta)

Personnel involved in the recording of Clinton Gregory's fourth album, 'Master Of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), included the following:

Clinton Gregory: fiddle
Buddy Emmons: steel guitar
David Smith: bass
Gary Prim: keyboard
Jerry Kroon: drums
Gregg Galbraith, Brent Mason and Kelly Back: electric guitar
Roger Ball and Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009): acoustic guitar
Buddy Spicher and Rob Hajacos: fiddle
Anthony LaMarchina: cello
Lee Bradley and Clinton Gregory: background vocals

Members of Clinton Gregory's Band were also involved in the recording of Clinton Gregory's fourth album, 'Master Of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), and included the following:

Jim Murphy: steel guitar
Jimmy Dormire: electric guitar
Marty Privette: bass
Eddie Davidson: drums

Clinton Gregory's fourth album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'Master Of Illusion' (Step One Records, 1993), was produced by Ray Pennington and engineered by Kevin McManus.

On Saturday 7 August 1993, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his fifth album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'For Christmas' (Step One Records, 1993), which included one track which was released as a single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart, but it did not chart:

'Christmas In Virginia' (written by Clinton Gregory, Ray Pennington and Jack Robertson) (this track did not chart)

Clinton Gregory's fifth album on Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter's record label Step One Records, 'For Christmas' (Step One Records, 1993), also included the following tracks:

'For Christmas' (written by Josh Logan)
'Home Pulls The Heartstrings' (written by Ray Pennington)
'Silver Bells' (written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston)
'Christmas In Texas' (written by Mel Holt)
'Thank God For Christmas' (written by Mel Holt)
'In Bethlehem' (written by Roger Ball)
'Christmas Time's A-Coming' (written by Tex Logan)
'Pretty Paper' (written by Willie Nelson)
'I'll Be Home For Christmas' (written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram)

In 1992 and 1993, Clinton Gregory won the Music Row Industry's 'Independent Artist of the Year' Award.

On Tuesday 17 January 1995, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his one and only album for Polydor Records, the self-titled 'Clinton Gregory' (Polydor Records, 1995), which included three tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'The Gulf And The Shell' (written by DeWayne Blackwell and Cal Sweat) / this track did not chart when released as a single in 1994
'You Didn't Miss A Thing' (written by Bill Rice and Sharon Rice) (No.68, 1995)
'A-11', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) / this track did not chart when released as a single in 1995

Clinton Gregory's one and only album for Polydor Records, the self-titled 'Clinton Gregory' (Polydor Records, 1995), also included the following tracks:

'Today's Just Not Your Day' (written by Linda Buell and Jody Emerson)
'No Relief In Sight' (written by Rory Bourke, Gene Dobbins and Johnny Wilson)
'Three Shorts And A Long' (written by Jim Martin and Tony Toliver)
'Don't Our Love Look Natural', which was written by Don Cook and Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'I've Got A Double' (written by Ken Forsythe and Danny Steagall)
'Sweet Healing' (written by Gene Pistilli and Anthony Smith)
'I Can't Take A Full Moon On An Empty Heart' (written by Bill Anderson, Jeanne Chennault and Karen Staley)
'Hacksaw' (written by Clinton Gregory)

David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide recorded Clinton Gregory's 'Look Who's Needin' Who' (co-written with Randy Hardison and Kevin Grant) and included the track on 'David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide' (Pinecastle Records, 1995).

Six brief years after Clinton Gregory's Billboard chart and tour successes skyrocketed, his life began to unravel and the foundation he had built came crashing down. Trials and tribulations appeared around every corner; the loss of his record deal, steadily declining tour dates and heart-breaking personal difficulties, including a divorce and the separation from his two little girls, Haley and Ali.

The year 1996 would begin what Clinton Gregory has referred to as the 'lost years' where he purposely became 'hard to find'; separating himself from friends, family and faith, his journey took him down a long dark road as he searched for direction, purpose and meaning, in all the wrong places.

Seeing gray, day after day, Clinton Gregory revisited his direction to rely on his faith in God for everyday necessities, while life became his muse, hope fed his hunger and music his healer. His 'lost years' led Clinton through scenes that could be scripted in dramatic and tragic screenplays and Hollywood films. He crossed paths with gangs, shook hands with dope dealers and walked away from punks with guns. Along the way, God also put 'good' before him; Clinton befriended the great Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), who he says was his oak and taught him the most valuable thing in life and music - how to listen.

Retrieved from the 'lost and found' in 2005, Clinton Gregory’s talents were sought out by one of rock 'n' roll’s greatest songwriters and performers, Neil Young, who extended a personal invitation to Clinton to appear on two projects.

Clinton Gregory was featured on Neil Young’s album, 'Prairie Wind' (Reprise Records, 2005), which was released on Tuesday 27 September 2005; Clinton played fiddle on the track 'No Wonder' (written by Neil Young).

Clinton Gregory also played fiddle and sang back-up vocals on the guitar hero’s autobiographical film 'Neil Young: Heart Of Gold' (Paramount Pictures, 2006). The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No.11, charting for twenty-seven consecutive weeks, was recognized as a 'Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005' on Amazon and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including 'Best Rock Album Of The Year'.

The 'Neil Young: Heart Of Gold' film, documenting Neil Young’s decorated history, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and was released to theatres in February 2006.

On Tuesday 24 July 2007, courtesy of Sarah Brosmer at Lytle Management in Nashville, the Gene Watson Fan Site exclusively revealed that Gene Watson had hired a new band member - Clinton Gregory.

Clinton Gregory's first gig with Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band (playing fiddle and acoustic guitar, and providing background vocals) took place on Friday 27 July 2007 at The Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, Georgia; Clinton graced the stage with then current Farewell Party Band members Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009) (piano), Staley Rogers (bass guitar), Corky Owens (steel guitar), Steve Anderson (guitar) and Todd Hines (drums).

On Wednesday 12 September 2007, Gene Watson was a special guest on the Eddie Stubbs' radio show on Nashville's Country Legend WSM 650AM.

The show, 'An Intimate Evening With Eddie Stubbs', was broadcast 'live' from The Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville between 7:00pm and 9:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST).

During the course of the show, Rhonda Vincent performed the Buck Owens' classic 'Together Again' with Gene, as featured on Gene Watson's then new Shanachie Records album 'In A Perfect World' (Shanchie Records, 2007), and was accompanied by producer Brent Rowan playing guitar and Clinton Gregory on fiddle.

Gene Watson Farewell Party Band member Clinton Gregory was asked to sit in and play fiddle with Rhonda Vincent.

On the night, Gene Watson had copies of 'In A Perfect World', his then new album on Shanachie Records, available for sale on that evening only (as a special event promotion), so if fans lived near the Nashville area, they could purchase the album before the official release date of Tuesday 25 September 2007.

Gene Watson also stated on the night that he adored the members of his highly acclaimed Farewell Party Band and he gave a special mention to its then latest member, Clinton Gregory, who he said had added wonderful acoustic guitar, fiddle and harmony vocals to the overall sound of the band.

Between Wednesday 3 October 2007 and Friday 19 October 2007, Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band - Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009), Clinton Gregory, Todd Hines, Kenneth 'Corky' Owens, Staley Rogers and Bryan 'Woody' Woodruff -undertook a highly successful tour of various venues in Ireland, including the following:

Wednesday 3 October 2007: The TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Thursday 4 October 2007: The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Friday 5 October 2007: The University Concert Hall, Limerick University Theatre, Limerick
Sunday 7 October 2007: The Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Tuesday 9 October 2007: The Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Wednesday 10 October 2007: The Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Thursday 11 October 2007: The Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Friday 12 October 2007: The Market Place Theatre, Armagh City
Saturday 13 October 2007: St. Joseph's Hall, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Sunday 14 October 2007: The Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Monday 15 October 2007: The Riverside Theatre at The University of Ulster, Coleraine
Wednesday 17 October 2007: The Tullyglass House Hotel in Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Thursday 18 October 2007: The Red Cow Hotel, Dublin
Friday 19 October 2007: The Sligo Southern Hotel, Sligo

Following Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band's appearance, on Sunday 14 October 2007, at The Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Sean Brady had the pleasure of meeting Clinton Gregory backstage.

On Saturday 2 August 2008 and Sunday 3 August 2008, Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band graced the stage at the UTV Country Festival, which took place in Dungannon Park, on Moy Road in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Sean Brady had the pleasure of attending UTV Country Festival in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland on Sunday 3 August 2008.

The Farewell Party Band, with Corky Owens on steel guitar, Woody Woodruff on lead guitar, Todd Hines on drums, Steve Nelson on piano and Staley Rogers on bass guitar, ably assisted fellow (FPB) member Clinton Gregory when they graced the stage between 4:25pm and 4:35pm; Clinton Gregory delivered two classic Merle Haggard songs, 'The Bottle Let Me Down' and 'A Place To Fall Apart'.

UTV, the ITV television company serving Northern Ireland, were supporting the event and were present on both days to capture the varied and unique performances. A special television show was broadcast on UTV on Sunday 24 August 2008 at 3:50pm (UK/Irish time); the special show included behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

On Monday 15 February 2010, Clinton Gregory saw the release of 'I'm Back' (Out Of The Box Records, 2010), which included the following tracks:

'El Paso'
'Walkin' In Jerusalem'
'All Over Town'
'Letter To Santa'
'Honky Tonk Nighttime'
'Home For Sale'
'Big Bad No'
'Big Love In A Small Town'
'I Never Thought I'd Live To See My Dyin' Day'
'I Won't Be There'
'Heartbreak Line'
'If A Broken Heart Could Kill'

The Godsend relationships formed with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Neil Young and current producer, Jamie Creasy, made for an awakening. With a brand new understanding of music and the power of lyrics, the support and belief of his friends, and a new lease on life, Clinton Gregory put pen to paper and began to develop his own songwriting craft, determined to re-enter the world of entertainment as a multi-faceted artist: a world-class fiddle player, singer, songwriter and performer worth hearing.

On Monday 16 April 2012, Clinton Gregory saw the release of his first album for Jamie Creasy's Melody Roundup Music, 'Too Much Ain't Enough' (Melody Roundup Music, 2012), which was co-produced by Clinton Gregory and Jamie Creasy of Melody Roundup Music.

At the time, Clinton Gregory felt that joining Melody Roundup Music 'opened the door to the place he calls 'home', revealing his sense of humour, his vision and his deeply rooted passion for raw and real traditional country music'.

After a seventeen-year departure from the spotlight as a performer and sought-after fiddle player, both in-studio and on stage, 'Too Much Ain't Enough' (Melody Roundup Music, 2012) is the product of humility, tragedy and light.

Clinton Gregory's 'Too Much Ain't Enough' (Melody Roundup Music, 2012) included the following tracks:

'Too Country For Nashville' (written by Tommy Barnes and Wild Bill Emerson)
'Bridges' (written by Gary Hannan and Marty Brown)
'You Play Like Chet' (written by Paula Jo Taylor, Larry Williams and Gerald Smith)
'Has Love Taken It's Toll' (written by Clinton Gregory)
'It Took Every Tear' (written by Jimmy Rinehart and Craig Martin)
'Too Much Ain't Enough' (written by Tony Ramey, Trey Matthews and Earl Clark)
'If That Ain't Jones' (written by Buck Moore and Gerald Smith)
'She Did' (written by Craig Martin)
'Chase Away The Lonely' (written by Jerry Salley and Amanda Martin)
'You Smile' (written by Pebe Sebert and Gerald Smith)
'Crucifixion' (written by Clinton Gregory)
'The New' (written by Johnny Holland)

To purchase Clinton Gregory's 'Too Much Ain't Enough' (Melody Roundup Music, 2012) and The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band's 'The Roots of My Raising' (Melody Roundup Music, 2013), please visit Clinton Gregory's Store at Melody Roundup Music

On Wednesday 8 May 2013, the official CD release party for The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band's debut album, 'Roots Of My Raising' (Melody Roundup Music, 2013), took place between 5:00pm and 6:00pm at The Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South in Nashville; those who attended the event received a free CD upon entry, along with free admission.

On Monday 13 May 2013, The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band saw the release of its debut album, 'Roots Of My Raising' (Melody Roundup Music, 2013), which was produced by Jamie Creasy and IBMA multi-award winning banjoist/producer Scott Vestal, who had worked alongside Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas.

The tracks on The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band's debut album, 'Roots Of My Raising' (Melody Roundup Music, 2013), were a handpicked collection of twelve acoustic tunes, including some of bluegrass and country music’s classics, with Clinton Gregory’s vocals, distinct in character, blending seamlessly in timeless arrangements, on tracks such as 'Sittin’ On Top Of The World', 'How Mountain Girls Can Love' and 'Somehow Tonight'.

As an honorable nod to the forefathers, Clinton Gregory tipped his hat to Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996), The Stanley Brothers, Carter (Thursday 27 August 1925 - Thursday 1 December 1966) & Ralph, and Flatt & Scruggs (Lester Flatt: Friday 19 June 1914 - Friday 11 May 1979 and Earl Scruggs: Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012), while the band showcased 'newgrass' interpretations of songs from Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis and Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975).

In the company of traditional standards, Clinton Gregory displays his fiddle wizardry in the age old rosin and bow tune 'Katy Hill'. The conclusion of the project presents one of the most exceptional moments; with just four-and-a-half minutes remaining, Clinton performs the faithful and passionate original composition 'Crucifixion', which was written by the bandleader himself.

'This bluegrass album has been forty years in the making', said Clinton Gregory. 'The project came to life when we spent a weekend up at a cabin; we played until our fingers couldn’t play anymore. Something really rare happened and we knew we needed to get into the studio. In fact, the songs on the record are the very same songs from those inspiring evenings at the cabin'.

The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band is composed of accomplished players who have lent their talents to a number of famed album projects and included the following:

Shannon Mays (banjo and baritone) / Jimmy Martin, Jerry Douglas and Ricky Skaggs have tapped Mays for his finger-pickin’ and vocals)
Doug Flowers (mandolin and tenor) / Danny has appeared with Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012), Little Roy Lewis and Betty Fisher
Scott Terry (bass and harmonica)
Clinton Gregory (fiddle and lead vocals)

In a time-honored recording and production style, Scott Vestal captured the sound 'live' as each musician called and answered to one another’s instrumentation in real time.

To purchase The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band's 'The Roots of My Raising' (Melody Roundup Music, 2013), along with Clinton Gregory's 'Too Much Ain't Enough' (Melody Roundup Music, 2012), please visit Clinton Gregory's Store at Melody Roundup Music

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in November 2013, Clinton Gregory was signed with Jamie Creasy's Melody Roundup Music, based at 118 16th Avenue South, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37203.


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