With this release, Gary and Junior take a major risk because they have deliberately made a minimalist project. That is, there are no hot, fancy studio musicians on this recording. The only instruments are Gary's voice, a guitar, and Junior's slide, Hawaiian, or resophonic guitars. The result reflects the personalities of the artists in that the music is laid back and intimate, with just enough uptempo tunes to round it out perfectly.
Half of the songs on the recording were written by Gary and/or Junior, and the remaining songs are a combination of the familiar and different. For example, the classic Kitty Wells song, "I'll be All Smiles Tonight" is present as a short instrumental featuring Junior. When George Jones recorded "Choices," the song had a particularly strong emotional kick because Jones' problems with alcohol have been so extensively reported that the listener automatically identified the song as being autobiographical. It takes a lot of guts to cover a song such as "Choices" because any new version will invariably be compared to the original, but Gary demonstrates that the song is powerful and stands tall on its own and makes it his own.
About the Artist
Junior Barber is one of the most respected and well known resophonic guitar players in the country, having been nominated 7 times by IBMA for "Dobro Player Of the Year".
Living in Plattsburgh, New York, Junior has worked the Bluegrass and acoustic music scene for many years as a freelance artist and has worked with numerous bands. The most recent group was the Gibson Brothers. In 1998 they received the IBMA award for "Emerging Artist of the Year".
Junior has recorded on many projects as well as 2 of his own. "Stone Bottom Boogie" and "Steffi's Waltz". Both of these projects were nominated for IBMA "Instrumental Project of the Year".
Gary Ferguson plays guitar and sings lead, was born in Maryland and now lives near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Best known as a singer/songwriter, Cliff Waldron, Larry Sparks and Paul Adkins have recorded his songs and 25 appear on Gary's own recordings.
He has had two #2 songs on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 30 and his "I'm Really Leaving" album went to #4. Gary's last album, "Timberline" was in Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 30 for the year 2000. Three of his songs were in Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 200 Songs of the 1990's.
He is a 5 time finalist in the Chris Austin Songwritng Contest at MerleFest. Nominated for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at SPBGMA in 1998 for his song "Last Day at Gettysburg" and in 2001 "Last Day at Gettysburg", Songs of the American Civil War, a compilation CD that includes 2 of his songs was released by Rebel Records.
Gary's latest CD, "Our Old Home" with Sally Love is currently on the charts and has been featured on the popular radio program "Car Talk".
Gary Ferguson/6211 Baltimore Pike/Littlestown, PA 17340 (717) 359-4774 firstname.lastname@example.org