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The most noticeable thing about Arrowhead Records’ Jeff Griffith’s talent is how much it makes you think of the past. By that I mean you can’t help but think of sidling up to a bar at a local honky tonk, sitting down and listening to some honest to gosh country. There’s a definite reason for that, too. Jeff’s debut CD, “If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another”, is 11 tracks of songs allowing this Texas native to give the listener a musical tour that includes two-steps, ballads and shuffles. Produced by legendary country entertainer Joe Stampley, who has a track record of producing fantastic music, says every project should start with hit songs. Joe adds, “When you put a great song with a great country voice like Jeff's and the best pickers in the world, it turns into magic.”

Radio programmers are already familiar with Jeff's first two hits from the album, "Drinkin' Thing" (#34 Music Row / #9 Texas Music) and "If It Ain't One Thing It's Another" (#32 Music Row / #20 Texas Music). Jeff's current single, "I'm Your Radio," released in mid-August, is lighting up the phones and moving up the Music Row chart (#53).

About this latest display of his talent, Jeff says, "This is the album I've always dreamed of making."

"This is the album I've always dreamed of making," says Jeff.  The great thing about Jeff’s voice is it can make you think of past ‘loves gone wrong’ fondly ("She Reminds Me Of You"), or take you to that time you were just as happy to sneak away from the rest of the world to go fishing ("Fishin' Forever"). Jeff handles the slow numbers ("She Reminds Me Of You," "It Was Always So Easy," "Whiskey Talkin'") with a passion that is palpable.  There are no missteps here - just solid tunes, written by songwriters like Dean Dillon, Frank Dycus, Doodle Owens, Wayne Carson and Tony Stampley, and sung by a singer who's not afraid to show he is country.

Born in the small town of Santa Fe, Texas and raised on a dairy farm, Jeff’s parents bought him his first guitar when he was just seven. His first public performance came when he was just a scrawny eighth-grader. “I was nervous, don’t get me wrong,” he says. “But when that curtain went up, and we started playing ‘Johnny B. Good,’ I knew that performing was what I wanted to do.” And he did, playing lead guitar in a cover band and working the honky tonks around Houston for the next few years. “I was so young when I started, just 14,” he says. “I had to have a chaperone!” It was fun while it lasted, but reality came crashing in when his father suffered a debilitating stroke when Jeff was just 17. “He had a concrete business,” Griffith says of his father. “And after the stroke he couldn’t work. I’d just married my childhood sweetheart, Donna, and I quit school to take over the business to support my folks.” Shortly thereafter, the first of Jeff’s three children were born. “I made myself a promise then,” says Griffith. “I’d quit performing professionally and focus on being a family man. I’d get my kids through high school – and then I’d pursue making music again.”

Jeff’s youngest child was just three months away from her graduation when his good friend and manager Charlie Patterson were talking about Jeff’s music. “I’d been playing the club circuit around San Antonio, basically gigging every chance I got,” he says.

“When Charlie asked his friend Joe Stampley what I should do next, Joe said he needed to hear me sing before he could give us any advice. Now I live on a ranch in Spring Branch, Texas and I’ve only been out of the state twice in my life. I work hard all week, and play shows every weekend. I’m just a regular guy who hunts and fishes, but here I was, going off to Nashville to audition for a country legend. Next thing you know, I’m in this man’s living room - just me and an acoustic guitar. Gosh, I was nervous,” he says with a laugh. Nerves couldn’t hide his talent though, and Stampley stopped Griffith halfway through his rendition of Craig Morgan’s “Almost Home,” saying he’d heard all he needed to hear. Jeff thought he’d blown the audition, but Stampley picked up the phone, called Patterson and said, “We’ve got to make an album on this guy.”

Make an album they did, after listening to hundreds of songs, and finding more treasures by songwriters like Whitey Shafer, Doodle Owens, and Joe and Tony Stampley. “I’m just a down-to-earth, hard-working kind of guy who loves traditional country music,” Griffith says. “I play the banjo and the mandolin on stage at a time when most entertainers don’t even use fiddles or steel guitar. I use ‘em all, and I play music that folks can dance to, too, so we had to look long and hard for songs that suited my style.” It’s a style that is unique: born of tradition, honed by years of longing, and given fresh life by a man with a passion. “God gave me my talent, and I’m thankful for it,” Griffith says. “Now it’s up to me to make something of it.” Jeff reflects upon the 1980’s re-birth of traditional country credited to Randy Travis: “If he could do it, so can I,” he says. And when Jeff Griffith says it, you believe it, too.

For information about Jeff’s music go to: http://www.jeffgriffith.net