Those of us who have been listening to country music all our lives grew up with the voices of Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin coming out of our radios. The Gatlin Brothers have been around for more than 50 years, giving us songs like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “All the Gold in California,” She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby,” and “Denver,” just to name a few.
It’s been 17 years since The Gatlins have had a hit record, but all that may be about to change with the release of “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down.” Don’t be too quick to judge this book by its cover (or song by its title). I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised when you hear the song. Here is the link where you can go to watch the video. You can also click here to hear what Larry has to say about the story behind the song.
The group will be releasing a new album, “The Pilgrimage,” later this summer. And “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down,” the first single and music video from the album, is the the one that seems to be drawing lots of attention. The very first album for The Gatlin Brothers was called “The Pilgrim,” and Johnny Cash wrote the liner notes for that one. The liner notes for this new album (“The Pilgrimage”) were written by his son, John Carter Cash.
The Gatlin Brothers are still touring, and have show dates up on their web site. They will be doing the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, GA, on July 18; Rock County 4-H Fair in Janesville, WI, on July 30, and One World Theater in Austin, Texas on Aug. 21. Be sure to visit the web site for the rest of their upcoming shows. I have a feeling with the release of “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down,” we’ll be seeing them doing a lot more shows in a lot more places very soon. (Wow, that’s a long song title.)
Although they retired in 1991 and performed a farewell tour, they could not keep themselves completely away from music. The Gatlin Brothers opened their theater in Branson, MO in 1993 and began to perform there regularly. The three brothers still performs in Branson, MO from time to time.
Here’s a little Hits Medley from Larry, Steve and Rudy. They really don’t “write ‘em like that anymore.” Enjoy!
I’ll talk to you all soon. Drop me a line and let me know what you think of this new song. I have a feeling we’re going to get some mixed reactions to this one. But I’m sure all of Larry, Steve and Rudy’s fans will really like the new release.