In this era dominated by streaming playlists and compressed sound files, the richness and warmth of vinyl recordings cannot be matched. And whether you’re a vinyl newbie or an avid collector, we hope you enjoy G&G’s first limited-edition compilation pressed at Citizen Vinyl in Asheville. At G&G, our motto is FOLLOW OUR LEAD, and included on this album are some of the brightest up-and-coming Southern musicians, whom we’re eager to share with you.
To curate the playlist, we naturally turned to our in-house expert, Matt Hendrickson. Hendrickson has covered music for G&G since the beginning, fifteen years and counting. In that time, he’s interviewed a veritable who’s who of Southern music legends: Miranda Lambert, Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle, Loretta Lynn. For this enterprise, Hendrickson was tasked with delivering the freshest new sounds or the next Grammy/gold record artists he could find, a challenge he gladly accepted.
“The idea was to find the best of what’s to come,” Hendrickson says. “Some of the artists included people I’ve written about, some I haven’t.” But all of them have one thing in common: exceptional storytelling. “Lyrically, our readers are interested in songs with some depth and heft, whether that’s alt-country or hard-core rock. All of these artists are tremendous musicians who can really tell a story,” Hendrickson says. You’ll hear a record that starts on both sides, A and B, with rock and roll. “Then I downshifted into quieter songs,” Hendrickson says. “I believe the first track has to grab you so you want to keep on listening.” While listening, you’ll most likely start to daydream about your next concert or show. You’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting music city (or welcoming creative community) in the Southern mountains than the one in Asheville. We couldn’t have found a better partner to make this inaugural G&G album than with Asheville, with its host of vibrant venues and the vinyl pressing shop at Citizen Vinyl. We hope you enjoy this album, designed to be played again and again. Ready to give it a listen?
Get your copy while supplies last for $29.98 at GGFieldshop.com