Johnny Horton's Gone to Alaska is one of my favorite songs, and was used in one of Duke's most entertaining movies, but Alaska is not where I'd first look for classic country music, but from the last frontier Todd Grebe & Cold Country bring us a throwback to the stylings of traditional Country music, built on a foundation of bluegrass reminiscent of the great Bill Monroe. With a mix of humourous songs along with heartbreak and loss, this is the kind of music for sawdust dance floor sashaying, boot slapping, and beer drinking.
In these declining days of Country music, it is so refreshing to hear real country music in my ears. If the legends are watching from above they're well pleased, Todd Grebe & the talented musicians that comprise Cold Country are the real deal and Citizen should be an album everyone's talking about.
Recorded at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville with Grammy-award winning recording engineer David Ferguson, famous for his work with Johnny Cash, maybe we can hope we've crossed the rubicon and Country music moves toward this direction and Todd Grebe & Cold Country will be our North star.
01 Criminal Style
02 Box Of Wine
03 Luckiest Man Here On Earth
04 More Than A Love Song
06 Brown Hair
07 Ain't That Fine<
08 Living A Lie
09 Nothing Left To Lose
10 Let's Make Love For Christmas
11 Here's Wishing To You
12 You'll Never Find Me
After a sucessful kickstarter campaign, Todd Grebe & Cold Country rolled into The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville to work with Grammy-award winning recording engineer David Ferguson, famous for his work with Johnny Cash, and dove deep into a more electrified country sound. Cold Country alum Nate May traded in his mandolin for a telecaster, and Larry Atamanuik (Alison Krauss) jumped on the drums. Bassist Mike Bub (Del McCoury, Ashley Monroe) came on to co-produce the album and play bass, and special guests were invited, like pedal steel wizard Steve Hinson (George Jones), renowned Nashville session pianist Jimmy Wallace, and guitarist Megan McCormick (Jenny Lewis). Todd and Angela led the parade, trading off harmonies on the songs, and bringing Angela’s hard-driving fiddle to the fore.