A conversation with Clinton Gregory
Clinton Gregory was born to sing classic country and bluegrass music. The Martinsville Virginia native took the fiddle on at age five only to master it and play bluegrass festivals one year later at age six. This was the begin of a diverse career for the future recording artist whom earned Music Row Industry’s Independent Artist of the Year award for 1992 and 1993. Rockin’ The Country, Nobody’s Darlin’, Made For Lovin’ you, She Put the Music In Me, Couldn’t Love Have Picked Better Place to Die, If It Weren’t For Country Music I’d Go Crazy, One Shot At A Time, Satisfy Me, Play Ruby Play, She Takes the Sad Out of Saturday Night, Look Who’s Needin’ Who, Standing On the Edge of Love are the hit songs that defined Gregory. The fifth generation fiddler has entered a new chapter in his life with “Too Much Ain’t Enough”. Its been a country mile since the release of a a new record but it was worth the wait. Modern Country Radio do take notice of a fellow who is too country for Nashville. I recently got to speak with Clinton and ask him some questions and here is what he had to say.
1.) Could you introduce yourself to the readers of No Depression who you are?
I’m Clinton Gregory and I sing country and bluegrass music and if you ain’t heard any of it, you might wanna put it off as long as you can.
2.) What got you into the music business?
The love of music and the fact I was too lazy to work and to scared to steal !
4.) Who were the influences that shaped you?
First most my Dad (Willie Gregory) and then Lefty Frizzell, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Stanley Brothers
3.) Describe what a songwriting process for you personally works?
To write about true life stuff. All you have to do is just put a melody to the truth.
5.) You have a bluegrass project. Could you tell how that came about?
It all came about after a weekend jam session in a cabin down in Georgia. I knew that what we were doing was something special and the following week we went into the studio and recorded some of the very same tunes from that jam session.
6.) You are a very accomplished fiddle player and have left a mark in country music. had charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Would you say the Bluegrass project is a comeback of sorts?
No, not a comeback, it’s just another chapter of music in my life.
7.) Who is someone you would like to work with that you haven’t got to just yet?
Lisa Marie Presley, because I would love to hear her sing a good ol country song.
8.) What are your thoughts on the current state of country modern music?
It is what it is, but it sure ain’t what it was.
9.) Who are you listening to these days?
Larry Sparks and also The Allman Brothers.
10.) What does the future hold for Clinton Gregory?
To quote my songwriter friend Tommy Barnes, “I’m Gonna Live Myself To Death Before I Die”.
Be sure to “like” Clinton on his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/clinton.gregory.12?fref=ts and check out the music video for “Too much ain’t enough”
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