2011 Nominee – Country Artist of the Year (Chris P. Ellis Award) – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2011 Nominee – Country Single of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Tennessee Rain”
2011 Nominee – Country Album of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Tennessee Rain”
Best known for her powerful voice and show-stopping performances, Canadian born and raised, Sarah McClurg is a bursting combination of true talent and a little mystery that keeps you coming back for more.
Raised on Dylan, Lightfoot, and top 40 radio; Sarah was gifted with an undeniable love for music even before she could speak. “There was always music in our house… I knew from an early age I wanted to be a singer, an entertainer,” says McClurg. “I feel like every time I open my mouth and sing it’s an opportunity to be heard, to connect with people.”
McClurg’s steely determination to sing coupled with her dynamic personality and love of the stage has allowed her to sing, write, perform and compete throughout Canada and the United States.
2009 brought McClurg to Nashville, Tennessee to work with producer Danny White of renowned 16 Ton Studios on famed Music-Row. After collaborating on what was to be just a “single,” the two decided a full-album was the only way to go and so ensued “Tennessee Rain”, an album of heartfelt, sincere country songs by a seasoned and confident artist.
Notable tracks like “Neverland”, the all-too-human story of love and deceit where there’s no fairytale happy ending. “… I thought he loved me but now he’s shown his hand… no plan to ever come back again”, belts McClurg in that unique “all-in”, raw style of hers.
The title track “Tennessee Rain” an up-tempo, vocally driven tune about lovers against all odds “washing away the pain tonight in the Tennessee rain” has you singing along to the hook before the song is even over.
“Recording my album in Nashville has been such an incredible experience. There’s just that special something about Nashville – something that hits you close to your heart. These are truly some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and the level of talent here is staggering!”
Featuring stellar performances from some of Nashville’s finest pickers and players, McClurg’s debut album is set to redefine contemporary country music. Welcome the new Nashville sound with great lyrics, beautiful melodies, and plenty of good old country soul. “This album is everything I wanted it to be and it’s only possible because of this journey I’ve been on all these years”, continues McClurg.
McClurg has managed to keep it plain and simple but innovative and exciting… Singer, songwriter, girl next door – Sarah McClurg is gathering steam like a runaway train poised to take it straight to the top.
When asked what she hopes will come of “Tennessee Rain”, McClurg pauses for a minute before answering, “More – more than I could ever dream myself. I don’t know exactly where I’m going yet…but I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Al Perkins – Pedal Steel
This music legend has added his timeless pedal steel to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, the Eagles’ On The Border, and Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers’ Grammy award winning Live at the Ryman. He has played and toured with Bob Dylan, Cher, Rita Coolidge, Dan Fogelberg and Dwight Yoakam. Perkins continues to tour and record, and is highly regarded for taking time to help develop new musical ventures with up-and-coming artists.
Danny White – Acoustic Guitar
Touring, writing and recording with one of the most successful independent bands in the United States, Arizona’s Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Danny recorded three studio albums, two of which reached Number #1 on Billboard’s Top Internet Album sales chart. In addition to his work with The Peacemakers, Danny has extensive international touring experience including a stint playing bass for Alice Cooper.
Fred Eltringham – Drums
Drummer Fred Eltringham has been with the Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum rock band The Wallflowers since 2003. He has recorded and/or toured with The Dixie Chicks, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield, Ben Kweller, Tears for Fears, and Gigolo Aunts.
Dave Roe – Bass
Since moving from Honolulu to Nashville, bassist Roe has toured and recorded with Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mellencamp and Billy Joe Shaver. He was Johnny Cash’s touring and recording bassist for 12 years until Johnny’s eventual passing. Despite his busy studio schedule, Roe plays in the legendary Don Kelley Band, one of the house bands at Robert’s Western World.
JD Simo – Lead Guitar
Nashville’s JD Simo has been described as sizzling, blistering, and dynamic. There have been comparisons to Jimi and Stevie Ray. He has appeared alongside Lynard Skynard, Goo Goo Dolls, and Santana. He is an in-demand session musician and has played on albums by Rodney Atkins, The Van Lears and Travis Meadows.
Scotty Huff – Vocals
After a three-year world tour with The Mavericks, Scotty was hired by Keith Urban to play rhythm guitar and sing backing vocals. He was an integral part of Keith’s touring band through his first three solo records. Following his work with Keith, Scotty has worked with Amanda Wilkinson, Jamie O’Neal, Rachel Proctor, and Jake Owen.
Michael Webb – Organ
Nashville-based Webb has toured and recorded with John Fogerty, LeAnn Rimes, The Wreckers, Gary Allan, BJ Thomas, John Waite, Glenn Tilbrook, Trent Summar, Pinmonkey, and Allison Moorer. An avid rocker, Webb is part of Fugitive Glue, which is comprised of several of his fellow session players and producers.