As a long time country music fan and record collector I sometimes come across records and artists that creates a lasting impression on me! This is the case when it comes to Gary McCray! Years ago I bought a 45 on Soundwaves Records. The title 'I Found Heaven In A Texas Honky-Tonk' caught my attention and I knew from the title that this must be real country music. The kind of country I like the best. I dropped the needle on the vinyl and the song started... Wow! What a song and what a great singer. From then on I started searching for more records by my new-found favorite. I found records on small labels like Compo and Dee Jay but I didn’t find much.
2013 would change that. In my search for music by Gary McCray I discovered a whole cd of new music. ‘Singin’ Like A Cowboy In A Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’ produced by Ernie Rowell. Rowell is fantastic songwriter and wrote one of my favorite songs by Gene Watson ‘What She Don’t Know Won’t Hurt (...But It’s Destroyin’ Me)’. Listening to Gary’s cd I understand he is not only a good songwriter but also a heck of a good producer! On this new cd by Gary he is keeping it country with roots deep down in country music history but at the same time this is music for 2013. All songs written by the man himself. Songwriting is not a new thing for Gary. Under his belt he has songs recorded by Wynn Stewart and Charley Pride.
Drinking songs is not strange subject in country music. Usually the songs are about drinking beer and whiskey but ‘World’s Greatest Lover’ is one of very few country songs about drinking rum. A well-written song about drinking rum and reading the bible! ...no this is NOT a typo! ...Captain Morgan and the bible, but not at the same time! Check out the song. One of my favorite tracks. Other subjects are cowboys, honky tonks, love, living out in the country, momma and heaven to mention a few. He even mention my favorite Lefty Frizzell in one of the songs!
Gary has a rare songwriting gift in putting the life of you and me into songs. When I think about Gary McCray the songwriter, my thoughts goes to other great songwriters like Wayne Kemp, Larry Kingston, Tommy Collins and Merle Haggard! When you see those names in the song credits you know for sure this must be a good song! Among the musicians I’d like to mention Mike Johnson on steel. What a fantastic steel-player.
I highly recommend this cd to fans of real country music! This is the way all country music albums should sound. Thanks to Gary McCray for giving us half an hour of good country music in a time we all need a reminder of what that’s all about.
Tore Brennodden, Norway
Long time country music fan, historian and record collector
My first introduction to Gary's music was "Liberty", a song that I introduced on www.dofradio.com. As time went by, I began seeing Gary's name here & there, so I began to click on the links which took me to his music videos. I became really entertained with the idea, not knowing yet who he really was, that he was a very talented writer, not to mention artist. So, I asked Gary to send me some of his music for rotation over on my internet radio station. I listened and was very impressed with him as a person as well. Through it all I learned many things about Gary...one being that he is unique, true & the most honorable man I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I later read his bio & was touched with how humble Gary is. Out of the many artists I have been introduced to, I would definitely say that Gary McCray would be at the top of the list...to select, nominate and give a high vote for all his accomplishments. I wish Gary the best of luck through all his endeavours. I look forward to bigger & better things from him and it is with utmost respect that I thank Gary for sharing his music and himself with us all. If only the world could truly see what I can hear, life would certainly be a lyric of love. Thank you Gary on behalf of www.dofradio.com. I look forward to much more in the future and wish all the best to a great, brilliant writer and singer.
Defenders Of Freedom Radio
Hi there, I have loved Gary's music since I first heard it on Facebook. I am a friend on Facebook and we occasionally have a chat. I have always found Gary to be polite and I love his music!
Lord Christopher Nason
I met Gary several years ago through Gary's old bass player/friend who at the time was playin bass with me in a country band in Oklahoma. Jim said you gotta meet Gary McCray. I had heard a lot about Gary, his music and writing from other players but had never gotten introduced to him. So one day Jim and Gary show up at my house and the tall tales that I had heard about this man named Gary McCray were true. A good friendship was started that day. I appreciate an honest person and Gary is that. God has blessed Gary with a tremendous musical talent and I am glad to see that he is still pursuing it today. There is one thing you can't deny, " Real " honest country music is still the best. A well written song from the heart of someone who has lived it and can sing it with soul, is a good "thang". If you haven't been introduced to Gary McCray and his music yet, I recommend that you do.
I would like to take this time out to say that Gary McCray is one of the best singer/songwriters out there. He has written many songs including "Eyes As Big As Dallas" for Wynn Stewart. If you are looking for real country music, look no further than Gary McCray.
Texas Pride Radio Program Director/On Air Personality/CMA Of Texas DJ Hall Of Fame