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Thursday, September 4, 2008

CD Review: Jeff Griffith - If It Ain't One Thing It's Another

Jeff Griffith - If It Ain't One Thing It's Another

2008, Arrowhead Records

Country radio went down the path to polished pop music perhaps fifteen years ago now. Banished were the banal whiny songs that dominated country music since the late 1970's. Long forgotten was the classic country sound of artists such as Vern Gosdin, George Jones, Waylon and Hank Jr. That classic sound resurfaces every so often, however, when an artist with the mettle to carry the mantle of classic country comes along. Jeff Griffith is just such an artist. His debut CD, If It Ain't One Thing It's Another is a paean to the great country sound of the past.

Produced by Nashville legend Joe Stampley, If It Ain't One Thing It's Another captures the warmth of Griffith's voice on material that is perfectly placed. Griffith is an engaging singer/performer who could an audience rapt with just the sound of his voice. The album opens with It Ain't The Clothes That Make The Man. This song is a perfect snapshot of the sound and style that Griffith puts forth on If It Ain't One Thing It's Another. This song would sound perfectly at home in a honky tonk or even on the Grand Ol' Opry stage. Other highlights include the tear jerker She Reminds Me of You, Holed Up In Some Honky Tonk, Fishin' Fever and the title track.

Jeff Griffith brings back a country sound that puts many modern country artists to shame. If It Ain't One Thing It's Another is a fun listen with great vocals and outstanding musicianship. If you like country music this isn't just a must have. If you've never really given country music a try this is the place to start. Jeff Griffith has that certain indescribable something that raises If It Ain't One Thing It's Another from a great album to the sort of album that gets declared a Wildy's World Certified Desert Island Disc.

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Jeff Griffith at You can purchase copies of If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another at Best Buy or at Hastings Music.

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