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Recording 3 Albums - all straight up, traditional bluegrass! One album of originals, one album of the hits, and one album of gospel.

Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass

We formed to play one night a week in Nashville, and things have really taken off.  It's time for us to record some music!

The plan is to record three albums in July.  One is going to be our best original material. This will include songs like Walkin' West to Memphis, Ocean of Dreams, and J-O-B.  It will also include the best material from the project I did for my mom, Murphy's 60th birthday which was to write 60 songs and tunes for her!  Along with our best new ones, we'll also record the traditional songs and tunes we do the best.  Then we're going to record a "bluegrass hits" album including the songs that we get the most requests for at our Nashville shows.  Songs like Man of Constant Sorrow, RockyTop, and the like.  The third album we're going to do is going to be an all Gospel album with about 10 of the most popular Gospel songs like I Saw the Light, I'll Fly Away, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Amazing Grace, and some of my original gospel numbers.

It's expensive to make albums and we need your help!  We're planning on recording in analog to 2" tape the way the old recordings were originally done.  After that, I'm going to have the files digitized so I can mix and master the album myself.

We're planning to start touring in August, so we're hoping to have the whole project launched around August 1st which means we need to work quickly!  We can do it, but we really need your help!

The music we're making and going to record is in a style that we believe people are wanting to hear more of - straight up, traditional bluegrass.  So, if you wish there was more traditional bluegrass out there - here is your chance to help pave the way!  Thanks for your contributions and support.  Please contact me directly at 615.495.6835, or cbhenry@visuallink.com if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts.

Here's what some kind folks have said:

Barbara Mandrell - "Best I ever heard"

David Grisman - "Sounds like Frank Wakefield from 100 years in the future!"

Big Kenny - "Great!"

IBMA - "The premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation"

Jesse Lee Jones - "A class act!"

Daniel Hall "Without a doubt, the best mandolin player that I have ever heard."

Chris Stokes - "Nashville's ambassador of Bluegrass"

Grant Peeples - “Ralph (Stanley) was good. but Chris Henry has become one of the greatest guitar players out there.”

Susie Coleman - "Whoa, REAL bluegrass! Chris Henry, you knock me out."

Laura Lande - "Absolutely perfect way to spend my first night in Nashville!"

Charlie McCoin - "Awesome….Thoroughly enjoyed it."

John W. Crawfod - "Great band!"

Clyde April Duke - "Had a great time in Nashville and topped it off at the Station Inn to the fabulous sound of Chris and the band Hardcore Grass. Really nice balanced sound and show all together."

Hunter Merritt - "Rippin' bluegrass!"

Diane Sellari - "Fantastic!"

Michael Gordon Akers - "Chris Henry is the best guitar player and mandolin player I ever saw."

Sarah Talley - "Wow, you guys sound great! You are very talented!"

Bill Perras - "You guys absolutely rocked!"

FAQ

  • Chris plays a 1981 Randy Wood mandolin. It was made the same month and year that Chris was born! It is number 1281 and originally belonged to Chris' dad, Red. Red altered the mandolin to sound more like the #1 model and played it in the blonde for many years before putting a varnish on it and lending it to Chris.

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