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