There’s more to the duality of Clay Walker’s debut Show Dog Nashville album Texas To Tennessee than the title.
Certainly, the realities of place are as central as this comeback album’s name implies: Nashville busily working toward the next fresh hit; Texas moving at its inimitable and familiar pace.
There’s also a mix of songwriting and production approaches, evident and more nuanced relationships between the songs themselves, and the overarching presence of a naturally gifted vocalist who relentlessly pursues his own development as a singer.
But don’t mistake those dualities for dichotomy – and certainly not polarity. In a storied career dotted with smash singles, platinum albums and countless honors and acclaim, maybe the connection between country’s timeless themes and music-of-the-moment timeliness has been there all along.
Many of the country fans behind the almost 20 million on-demand and video streams for his latest single “Need A Bar Sometimes” – who may also be among his 750,000 TikTok followers – are wholly unaware of Walker’s history.
Discovered in a Beaumont area bar by noted producer and head of Giant Records James Stroud (Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers), Walker was in his early twenties when he started rattling off a string of smash hits. Among them, “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Open,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Hypnotize The Moon,” “Rumor Has It,” “Then What,” “I Can’t Sleep” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”
His self-titled debut album rocketed to platinum status, the first of four to cross the million-sold mark.
Racking up more than 30 charted singles and 11 No. 1s wasn’t without its struggles, however.
Country stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan have been delighting fans old and new across North America on their highly successful Grits and Glamour Tour.
Their individual careers together add up to 28 top 10 hits, more than 18 million records sold and 12 number one songs along with Grammys, CMA Awards, movie credits, television appearances, and Broadway performances!
Tillis and Morgan have rocked arenas, helmed world-class symphonies, and toured on almost every continent.
Grits and Glamour features tight harmonies with classic songs like Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and “Mi Vida Loca,” and Morgan’s “Something In Red” and “Except for Monday” as well as new and original music from more recent recordings, backed by some of Nashville’s finest musicians and singers.
These divas grace the country format with style, flair, and undeniable talent that is captivating and timeless.