CLAYBANK, “Playing Hard To Forget,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks

ClayBank isn’t a person.

It’s a bluegrass band — named for Claybank Road in the Claybank community in West Jefferson, North Carolina, where the band rehearses.

ClayBank has only been active for a little over a year, but it’s already gaining a lot of attention with its debut album.

The first single, “Up On Claybank,” recently made it into Bluegrass Today’s Top 15 singles.

ClayBank’s lead singers — Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer — are still in their teens.

But they’ve both been musicians for years.

They wrote “Up On Claybank” and the instrumental, “Foot of the Phoenix.

And Gary Trivette, the bass player, wrote and sings lead on “Daddy Would Sing,” a song about a hard-working farmer whose singing could be heard until the day he died.

“Demise of Handsome Molly” is a murder ballad.

“It Almost Feels Like Love,” one of the best sounds on the album, features the trio vocals of Greer, Arnold and Trivette.

“Sticking With The Old Stuff” and “I Believe” are bluegrass gospel.

The title track is a ballad about a man who took the woman he loves for granted — and lost her.

A good debut by a band that should be going places.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.ClayBankBluegrass.com

 

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