Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Country Bluegrass Singer Songwriter Clinton Gregory Nashville, TN

"Clinton Gregory is one of the Greatest Country Singers on the Planet." ~ Marty Stuart

Clinton Gregory was born March 1st, 1964 in Martinville, Virginia.  He is an American country and bluegrass singer, songwriter, and comes from a long line of fiddle players. He picked up the fiddle at the age of  5 and within one year was performing for large crowds at different bluegrass festivals.

At age twelve, Clinton Gregory and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where his father, Willie Gregory, a fourth generation fiddle player performed on the Grand Ole Opry  Clinton's greatest influence in his life was his father, who later died in 1992.

When speaking about his father, Clinton says, "He taught me to learn fiddle tunes as close to the way they were originally written, some 200 years ago. My father was my greatest influence."  The last time Clinton and his dad appeared together was an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. "Now that's a memory that'll stir the soul and hold you, and never, ever let you go", says Clinton.

Clinton was quickly hired in Nashville as a session musician and played fiddle for Dennis Robbins, the McCarters and Suzy Bogguss. The vigorous work schedule kept Clinton on the road for more than 200 days a year! Something he still does and loves to do.

In 1990, Clinton signed with Step One Records. The label was founded by singer-songwriter and producer Ray Pennington with Curtis Potter, the former of whom had produced for Waylon Jennings. Step One was one of the few independent country music labels to have significant chart success, most notably in 1991, when the label released Clinton Gregory's song "(If It Weren't for Country Music) I'd Go Crazy".
It was the only independently-released single on the Billboard country charts at the time of its release and Clinton Gregory is the first indie artist to land a Top 20 hit reaching the 18th position on Billboard's Top 20 Chart with this song.

Clinton recorded three albums with Step One Records and charted several singles including "Play, Ruby, Play", which reached #25.on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and became the first independent act to reach the Top 30 on the U.S. country charts in over a decade.  He also won the Music Row Industry's Independent Artist of the Year award for 1992 and 1993.

Clinton later recorded two albums for Rock Bottom Records and one for Polydor Records.  He also made several music videos as well;

Year Video Director
1991 "(If It Weren't for Country Music) I'd Go Crazy"             Kenny Kiper
1992 "Play, Ruby, Play"             Stan Moore
"Who Needs It"             Greg Crutcher
1993 "Look Who's Needin' Who"
"Standing on the Edge of Love"
"Master of Illusion"
1994 "The Gulf and the Shell"             Bill Young
1995 "You Didn't Miss a Thing"             Bill Young/Jim Barham

Clinton Gregory's schedule is amazing!! His dates have included performances with Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt , Aaron Tippin, Billy Dean, Dan Seals, Pam Tillis, Joe Diffie, Ronnie McDowell, Doug Stone, Highway 101, Mark Chestnutt, Mike Reid, T.G. Sheppard, Holly Dunn, The Statler Brothers, Exile, and Restless Heart.

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