Gossip Inspiration & Slander
"The full band acoustic disc demonstrates Bryan's facility with bluegrass, while the electric disc gently rocks out while retaining some country flavor. Gossip is a dazzling display of virtuosity." - Chris Neal, COUNTRY WEEKLY "It certainly feels like it's one of the better Americana releases of the year so far and one that fans of roots music should be on the lookout for. While releasing "Gossip, Inspiration and Slander" as a double disc album was certainly a risky endeavor, Bryan Clark has certainly come out of it with an album that is well-written, played and produced. On "Midnight Kisses"(which appears on both discs), vocally Bryan still sounds as if he's inspired by Elvis Costello but instead of sounding like a soft rock song, the song sounds like something out of the Alison Krauss and Union Station canon. Gossip's disc two is a well-crafted amplified album that is a perfect example of the "Americana" genre label as it touches upon most forms of American music. Fans of strong acoustic or bluegrass music will really enjoy disc one, the acoustic album." -Matt Bjorke, ROUGHSTOCK "The acoustic album, a ten song journey through all that is missing in today's "Bill Monroe built my hot-rod" bluegrass rehash. Oh there's plenty of tradition here for the bluegrass purists but this album has more to offer the Americana roots crowd than it does the back porch, Lynchburg lemonade sippers. It ebbs and flows around the blistering string attacks of Clark's guitar, banjo player Chris Pandolfi, the dizzying fiddle fills from Casey Dreissen and mandolin player Matt Flinner. What's most memorable about this album is not only the all out assault of this quartet but I found Clark's vocals to be incredibly impressive. At times reminiscent of Steve Forbert, at times Paul Simon and yet the songs also have a Poco, Pure Prairie League kind of feel. The instrumentals will surely serve the bluegrass radio boys and tracks like 'Angelyne', 'Midnight Kisses' and 'Nights Like These' will find a home at any radio station looking for a sweet southern blend of Americana and alt-country. Then, there is the electric album. Clark is a master of styles with an impeccable sense of rhythm and all of it seems to be his own. His vocals complete the package. It's all here...blues, rock, country, bluegrass touches of jazz and soul, seething guitar solos, poignant lyrics, top shelf production...what a document. Bryan Clark's "Gossip, Inspiration and Slander" is a brilliant album." -- Reb Landers, THE ALTERNATE ROOT "Bryan Clark's stellar playing and singing combine influences from numerous musical aspects. As a soloist, he's equally soulful and ambitious, able to execute complex progressions or edgy chord flurries with the same care and dexterity he brings to sweet, soothing ballads. Clark's new double CD Gossip, Inspiration and Slander has both an electric and acoustic side, and has him displaying his fluency in bluegrass flatpicking, jazz and blues tunes, and his proficiency operating as either a leader or a rhythm contributor." Ron Wynn / NASHVILLE CITY PAPER "Clark is making a new dimension of cosmic American music as he rollicks and reels with a bunch of pals or a bunch of instruments of his own plucking. You want a wide open record like the ones you tripped across in college in the 70s? This guitar tour de force is sure to leave your head spinning as you play it again and again just to figure out what just happened here. Solid throughout." -Chris Spector / MIDWEST RECORD RECAP "The Bluegrass/Country/Americana guitar flavorings are as usual remarkable, but so too are the layered vocals, in some cases reminiscent of the early Byrds." - Phil Sweetland/COUNTRY INSIDER & NY TIMES stringer Page 2 Gossip, Inspiration & Slander press quotes Gossip, Inspiration, and Slander is a testament to Bryan's abilities as a picker, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and producer. The boy can do it all! The CD is more Newgrass than Bill Monroe and really more Americana than bluegrass, but the songwriting and vocals are very strong and the performance turned in by all of the band members is phenomenal. Be prepared to add a new name to your list of favorite flatpickers."- Dan Miller / FLATPICKING GUITAR Magazine "Gossip, Inspiration and Slander is an artfully crafted project. Bryan Clark demonstrates his talents to their fullest on this double-disc treat. This is music for everyone, and it's pure ear candy. The production is absolutely flawless. If you're a fan of folk, Americana or bluegrass, there's more than enough here to satisfy you. Put it in your player; it'll be there for a long time!"- Dan Joseph / CKWR-FM (Waterloo, Ontario) "Bryan Clark's tremendous ability to create an Americana-based sound wrapped around well written lyrics filled with great imagery allows you to live the lyric with him the way that his idols Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt did. " - David Pierce/TODAY'S COUNTRY.