Cold As The Clay CD (2006)

Artist: Greg Graffin

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I first heard of Greg Graffin while listening to Bad Religion. If you are expecting this CD to sound like Bad Religion, you will be in for a disappointment. I loved Greg Graffin's first solo album "American Lesion." This CD has more of a folk sound to it, with banjo, harmonica, acoustic and electric guitar, and I think piano (I've only listened to it once so far...it just came out yesterday!). The lyrics are incredible. This is one of the best works of music ever created in the history of the world. It probably won't get much recognition because it is so good, and our society is only fed bubble gum pop crap so the producers can make a buck. This album gives you the feeling that the musicians involved as well as Graffin himself created it out of pure love for music, and a desire to share that love and talent with other people. If only more artists were like this...

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on 7/12/2006

I first heard of Greg Graffin while listening to Bad Religion. If you are expecting this CD to sound like Bad Religion, you will be in for a disappointment. I loved Greg Graffin's first solo album "American Lesion." This CD has more of a folk sound to it, with banjo, harmonica, acoustic and electric guitar, and I think piano (I've only listened to it once so far...it just came out yesterday!). The lyrics are incredible. This is one of the best works of music ever created in the history of the world. It probably won't get much recognition because it is so good, and our society is only fed bubble gum pop crap so the producers can make a buck. This album gives you the feeling that the musicians involved as well as Graffin himself created it out of pure love for music, and a desire to share that love and talent with other people. If only more artists were like this...

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In many ways Cold as the Clay is a highly unconventional record. First of all it combines traditional American old-time music with original rock compositions. Secondly it's offered up by Greg Graffin, an artist best known for his work with Bad Religion as one of the most successful and prolific punk rock performers in the world. Lastly, it was recorded and mixed in accordance with the raw integrity of it's origins in only eight days, with a group of talented musicians who had never played together before, utilizing inspired live takes and not much else in the way of studio contrivances. Happily, the results are as gratifying artistically as they are unconventional conceptually. In the liner notes Greg put it this way:

"We set out create a record that would honor the legacy of American music, and it is my hope that we were able to capture a lasting musical moment. I wanted to show how my work with Bad Religion was informed by other, seemingly disparate and unconventional genres of music that at first glance may appear to have nothing to do with punk. My hope is that this project will live to pass along the tradition of American songwriting to others long after I am buried and cold as the clay."

Guest appearances by Jolie Holland, and The Weakerthans. Produced by Brett Gurewitz.

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Label Anti
SKU 202646406
UPC 045778680924
UPC 14 00045778680924
Format CD
Release Date 7/11/2006
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Author Greg Graffin
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Featuring Greg Graffin
Artist Bio
Greg GraffinDr. Gregory Walter Graffin III (born November 6, 1964 in Racine, Wisconsin), better known as Greg Graffin, is the vocalist and co-founder of the punk rock band Bad Religion.In 1980, at age 15, Graffin and a few high school classmates formed Bad Religion in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After making a name for themselves in the Los Angeles punk scene, releasing three EPs and two full-length albums, they disbanded in 1984. The band re-formed and released Suffer in 1987. The album was a comeback for Bad Religion as well as a watershed for the Southern California punk sound popularized by their label Epitaph Records, which is owned by guitarist Brett Gurewitz. The band has recorded and toured frequently ever since the release of Suffer. Bad Religion is known for its wordy, often political lyrics as well as its intricate harmonies and melodies mixed with straightforward, fast-paced punk music.Graffin and Gurewitz are the band's two main songwriters, though Graffin wrote the bulk of the material on his own for a three-album period in the late 1990's when Gurewitz left the band. Graffin recorded a solo album in 1997, called American Lesion, which consisted of softer, more pop-oriented songs. After a stint with major label Atlantic Records ended in the early 2000s, Bad Religion re-signed with Epitaph and Gurewitz rejoined to record two more albums, and the band is working on another recording that reportedly could be released in late 2006/early 2007. In June of 2005, it was reported that Graffin would continue his solo work with the release of Cold as the Clay. The new album is an amalgamation of new songs by Graffin and 18th and 19th century American folk songs. It was produced by Brett Gurewitz and released on Anti- Records on July 10, 2006.Greg Graffin currently resides in Lansing, N.Y. with his son Graham, daughter Ella, and his girlfriend.
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Music Format Compact Disc

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