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Love Is The Source

by Clay County

Bluegrass music with an old time country sound. no blazing instrumentals; just excellent backup to original, heartfelt songs.
Genre: Country: Traditional Bluegrass
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1. Orphan Train
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2. One Good Song
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3. Goodbye My Darling
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4. More Pretty Girls Than One
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3:07 $0.99
5. Love Is the Source
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6. Daisy's Song
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7. Beautiful Baby
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8. One Last Kiss
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9. Granny
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10. Been There, Done That
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11. You're My Never Was
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12. I'm Missing You Tonight
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13. Sunrise, Moonrise
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14. Love Is Running Out On Me
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Album Notes
CLAY COUNTY was formed in 1987 by Frank Abrahams, Jim Dawson, and Susan Nikas. “Love is the Source” is their fifth CD and features the song writing of Susan Nikas on 12 original songs. Also included is an arrangement of the traditional song, “More Pretty Girls Than One” by Jim Dawson and the song “Orphan Train” by Utah Phillips. Dennis Caplinger played fiddle on every cut and dobro, banjo, mandolin and bass on various cuts. Les johnson is featured on lead guitar on four cuts. Two former members of the band, Leslie Spitz and Doug Marshall also contributed their talents. The album was mixed and mastered by Dennis Caplinger.

Singer, Songwriter Dalton Roberts had this to say about LOVE IS THE SOURCE;

It was a good experience to add the second Clay County CD to my collection because I became a fan of Sue Nikas' writing and their total band sound with their first CD. The new CD, "Love is the Source," did not disappoint me. In fact, the title song is one of my favorites. There's an old song or two (like "More Pretty Girls Than One") but I am a collector of original songs and it is exciting to see the wide range of emotions and experiences Sue Nikas can capture on one CD.

Take a good solid bluegrass band and throw in the spice of original songs and fine singing and you have Clay County. I recommend it.

Dalton Roberts

"Love is the Source" sparkles with imagination and originality and should delight the fans of Clay County"
Les McIntyre, Bluegrass Unlimited December 2004


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Michael O'Keefe

Congratulations to Sue Nikas, Jim Dawson, and Frank Abrahams on their latest CD, Clay County - Love is the Source. Sue Nikas is a prolific songwriter and wrote almost all the songs on the CD, so an extra special
congratulations to her. She is also the lead singer and plays rhythm guitar. Jim Dawson sings and plays the 5-string. Frank Abrahams sings and plays the mandolin.

The songs are a mixture of old-time, bluegrass, and folk all done in a bluegrass kind of style. One song, Beautiful Baby, even has sort of a western-swing kind of arrangement. Sue's early days as a folk-singer(and a darn good one too, I might add) manifest themselves in her
current songs. The result is a certain flavor and a certain honesty not easily found these days. Perhaps the word I'm looking for is eclectic.

Moreover, the arrangements are really good: that is to say, good instrumentals and then the less-is-more concept during the vocals. Congratulations to all band members including guest members Dennis Caplinger, Les Johnson, Doug Marshall,
and Leslie Spitz for doing it the way it should be done. It's good stuff worth listening to.

My recommendation is that you purchase this CD and listen to it. You'll be glad you did.

Joe Ross

Their material with sincerity and earnestness deserves a wider listen
Playing Time – 41:56 -- With the exception of Utah Phillips’ “Orphan Train” and the traditional “More Pretty Girls Than One,” Clay County’s mountain sound is built around guitarist Sue Nikas’ originals. Formed in 1987 by Nikas, Frank Abrahams, and Jim Dawson, “Love is the Source” is their 5th CD. The regular band members are joined by Dennis Caplinger (fiddle, dobro, banjo, mandolin, bass), Les Johnson (guitar), Leslie Spitz (bass), and Doug Marshall (mandolin, bass). Full of personalized ingenuity and individuality, “Love is the Source” will delight the fans of this San Dimas, Ca. band that draws influences from the old-time, bluegrass and folk genres.

Certainly, some of Nikas’ songs are more memorable than others. The title cut has the most hit potential and should be recorded by a top country artist. “Beautiful Baby” has
a bouncy Western Swing melody and humorous lyrics. I wonder if it’s autobiographical. The arrangement of “One Last Kiss” suffers by not having some vocal harmony on the chorus. “Been There, Done That” has a cute little hook and some advice to avoid “buying that shirt” and feeling that same ol’ hurt. From her early days as folksinger, Sue Nikas has continued her growth as a bluegrass guitarist and songwriter. While some of Sue’s songs are slightly humdrum, her material deserves a wider listen. Clay County and friends deliver them with sincerity and earnestness that are strong indications of their own self-confidence, poise and maturity. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)