Waiting for the Fall
'Clay County is almost unknown and unfortunately an underrated west-coast bluegrass band for most of us. Their originality bases on the band's enthusiastic leader's Susan Nikas'fine orignial songs (both lyrics and music) which they perform with joy and shine and drive....their music has a very original feel and i do not find any similar artists or bands...it is a much more unique style....it is just very simple but original, listener-friendly music.' Jaanus Vainu bgr@BGR.ee (internet review) 'Just in time for the autumn season comes 'Waiting For The Fall', a pleasant compilation of original bluegrass from the California-based Clay County. The band consists of Frank Abrahams (mandolin), Jim Dawson (banjo), Susan Nikas (guitar) and Jim Logue (bass). Superpicker Dennis Caplinger guests on a variety of instruments. However is is Susan's harty vocals that dominate the proceedings. She is also the composer of all 13 songs including the title song, the amusing 'Long Hot Bath', 'That Old Familiar Melody', I Am Just a Stranger', and 'I Love the Fall'. There is also a poignant tribute in memory of the late Hoyt Axton. Jim Dawson wrote the instrumental 'Clay County Breakdown'. For sheer entertainment 'Waiting for the Fall' is a delightful parcel of innovative bluegrass from a musical aggregation that definitely warrents close scrutiny ....' BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED,OCTOBER 2001 'This is the kind of good time, homegrown sound that has been sorely missed in the CD age.' Christopher Powers, WORT 'Impressed with this California group....Like the old time flavor in their music.' Wilson Moore, CHMA The recording has got that real homegrown feel (without sacrificing quality)that I like.' Scott MacKinnon, WSMU Clay County consists of Frank Abrahams on Mandolin, Jim Dawson on Banjo and vocals, Jim Logue on Bass, and Susan Nikas on Guitar and lead vocals. They have been a band for fourteen years and have produced six recording projects. WAITING FOR THE FALL is their most recent and is all original material.