By the end of '73, Chris Gantry had cut one of the weirdest records ever - on or off Music Row. A songwriter, storyteller and original Nashville outlaw, Chris started (and startled!) the wild new wave of young talent in town a few years before Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, Tony Joe White, Dan Penn and dozens more followed suit. At The House Of Cash showcases not only Gantry's enviable songwriting talents, but also his visionary creativity, for which the world may not have been ready at the time, as Johnny Cash's words to Chris, below, suggest. A mood of ecstatic intoxication prevails throughout the album, whether in stark rock n roll performances or celestial ballads, with Chris's croon rivaling the best singers in business. Songs like "Different" pit his rasping pipes against mellow orchestration, evoking debauched, Nilsson-esque vibes. Merging psychedelic sounds with lush instrumentation thrusts the song into uncharted territory-extending a conventional range of sounds and creating something so much more! Listen here and preorderAt The House Of Cash, out November 17th!
"I was burned out on the traditional pop lyric art form-thus, the songs on this record, At the House of Cash. When I finished it, John and June listened to it one night. A few days later he sidled up to me and said in his iconic Johnny Cash voice, "Chris, June and I listened to your record last night and I don't think even the drug people are gonna understand it." WOW. To me that was a compliment. I had transcended the culture that had been driving the world for the last 12 years. I had succeeded."