Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Chris Gantry - Motor Mouth (1969 us, exceptional outlaw country rock with fuzz guitars, Vinyl edition)

A widely respected tunesmith, singer, playwright, author, and maverick recording artist, Chris Gantry was the sort of outlaw presence in 1960s Nashville who later became associated with his better-known peers like Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Amid a series of eclectic folk, pop, and country releases of his own, his career as a songwriter took off when Glen Campbell recorded Gantry's tune, "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife," turning him into a Music Row commodity. After leaving Nashville in the late-70s, he reinvented himself as an author of several novels, plays, books of poetry, and children's books. Gantry later returned to music in the 2010s, picking up where he left off with albums like 2015's Gantry Rises Again and 2019's Nashlantis.

A native of New York, Gantry was already an industry veteran by the time he reached Music City at the age of 21, having scored a short-lived recording deal with a friend in his early teens. Once in Nashville, he cut his teeth at bars like Skull's Rainbow Room, a Printers Alley burlesque where he met other up-and-comers like Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein. 

After several years of writing and gigging, Gantry scored a deal with Monument Records, which issued his debut LP, Introspection, in 1968. A vibrant mix of folk, pop, and country, it contained a song called "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife," which became a major hit for Glen Campbell that same year and won Gantry the Nashville Songwriter Award. Over the next decade, he continued to pen songs for a wide range of country stars while continuing his own sporadic recording career with albums like 1970's hard-edged Motor Mouth and a self-titled 1975 set. In between those two releases were sessions for a wildly eclectic LP recorded at Johnny Cash's House of Cash studio. An unruly and forward-thinking outlaw missive, At the House of Cash was too far out to find a label, and Gantry eventually shelved his lost album and moved on with his career. 
by Timothy Monger
1. Soup Duck - 3:49
2. Ear - 3:36
3. Nashville Jack Magic - 4:12
4. Allegheny - 3:26
5. Pentagon Bye Gone - 3:48
6. The Patent Leather Boogie Man - 4:47
7. Down - 3:07
8. Bone - 3:08
9. Family - 2:47
10.Flashlight - 2:47
All songs by Chris Gantry

*Chris "Motor Mouth" Gantry - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
*Tim Drummond - Bass
*Lee "Ping Bobot" Shively - Drums
*Karl Himmel - Drums
*George "Sly Mongoose" Turner - Electric Guitar
*Andy McMahon - Piano 

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