"Beautiful voice . . Accomplished" - Ken & Lynn Haak

Freedom Train album by George McClure
            FREEDOM TRAIN by George McClure


"Wow!" Leigh Hill, KUSP

"I love the album" Mike Vara, LNM Radio

FREEDOM TRAIN - a Bluegrass Collection by George McClure

"World class" Clif Carrison, #1 Artist

"Listeners will love the magical songs" Bluegrass Unlimited, Bill Conger

"Beautiful voice. . . Accomplished" Ken & Lynn Haak, D.C.

"Fingerpicker and vocalist shines" Kelley Dole, KBUT Community Radio

"It's really fine music" Harry Moore, KSMU FM/AM

""Excellent" Bill Lawson, Australia 101.5 FM

"A really good album. . . really well done." Curtis McPeake, Elder Statesman of Bluegrass & Banjos

"Great music!" Gracie Muldoon Davis, Baby Boss Radio

"the music cooks!" Jerry Mills DJ

Bluegrass Unlimited
JIP Records - JIP-5327

George McClure is back on track with Freedom Train, a nine-song collection of some of his favorite bluegrass songs from his road warrior days in the '90s. "As a prolific writer, I have literally hundreds of bluegrass songs and instrumentals," McClure said. "I had some of the more popular songs started, so I decided to finish them up and get them out on the market." All songs are originals except for Jody Gallagher's "Diamonds From The Start." "I dug the light Swing feel and the tongue-in-cheek Western lyrics," says McClure. "I came up in the deep Southwest playing Swing and bluegrass and it's my native language."

McClure (vocals, guitar, and banjo) brought some of his favorite players into the studio for the project, including David Grier (guitar), Butch Robins (banjo), Jon Yudkin (fiddle and mandolin), John Vogt (bass viol), Johnny Bellar (bass viol/vocals), Chris Brown (drums), and Kenny Vaughn (guitar). One of McClure's cleverly-written "Windows Of My Mind" tells of a world traveler reflecting on longtime love Debby Fay. Above all, though, listeners will love the instrumental magical songs such as "Ticklin' The Strings."

Here's hoping to another quick bluegrass follow-up from McClure. (George McClure, P.O. Box 2732, Taos, NM, 87571, BC


"The best writer in Nashville"

"Gifted right brained individual" Nashville Music Guide

"We appreciate the artistry" Tara Austin, Equity Records

"Swing he certainly can and does" - Rick Huff in Best Of The West - Western Way Magazine

"A desert original, borderlands writer and showman - In every context you care to take these claims, I assure you this guy does not lie!!" - Rick Huff in Best Of The West - Western Way Magazine

"Big horns and cool vocals" - Gary Schwind

"One-of-a-kind offering by a unique... individual" Joe Ross, and Barnes & Noble

"You're going to love it ... Great." Dr. Celestino Fernandez, Univ of Arizona

"Highly recommended... very talented" WVOF-FM & Western Swing Magazine

"Relaxed, good-time vibe... George sings with a warm, affable texture." Joe Ross, and Barnes & Noble

"A classic" Country Western Corner

"McClure's second album shows just how hot this cow jazz performer is."
"Innovative..." Country Music Round-Up

"I love his Mariachi influences." Nashville Music Guide

"Commands a listener's utmost attention" Celebrity Cafe


"great! I love the blends" Review

"Warm and twangy songs..." Review

"...a breath of fresh air..." Review of "Champagne Saturday" in The Advertiser

" disputing the musicianship..."
"Intriguing..." Country Music People

"This is genuine Western Swing..."

"A lively project and fine Western Swing." DISC COLLECTOR


George is nominated for Vocalist of the Year Academy of Western Artists

George McClure is contender for GRAMMY AWARD "Artist" nominee (48'th Academies)

McClure's "Can't Drown Your Memory" is #2 on European charts Radio Hilversum

"Alien Love (I Made Love To An Alien)" is download hit on Big Fish Japan

Dish Cable TV and Muzak are spinning "I Made Love To An Alien Last Night" and "America".

George is nominated for Best New Male Artist Golden Music Awards Nashville NAMM

GEORGE McCLURE – Playboy Swing
Playing Time – 46:13

Review by Celebrity

A soft-spoken vocalist with a rustic flair describes George McClure's Playboy Swing. The title track has big band instruments that command a listener's utmost attention, with lyrics like, "Well I'm a playboy playboy on the run. The world is big enough for me and those girls. These girls are waiting for my love, well I became a lover without you." "Mass Grass" is an instrumental track that has percussion and piano play. "Texas Blues" has what sounds like the saxophone and McClure expounding on how he cannot seem to circumvent the lure of the lone star state, with such lyrics as, "I heard a lonely coyote ahowlin' for his mate. I took the blues and packed my shoes and left the lone star state. I thought if I could ride away that I could lose the blues, but I found out that this Texas soil is stickin' to my shoes. I'm headed back, I've got the Texas blues. I don't know why it happens when I open up my mouth some pretty looks and hollers,

Sari N. Kent

Review by Joe Ross – staff writer, Bluegrass Now - -

George McClure’s “Playboy Swing” continues his signature calling to present contemporary western swing music that also incorporates elements of bluegrass, big band, and even bilingual Tex-Mex border music. George’s talents are diverse and varied. Before embarking on a fully professional music career, he studied cognitive anthropology, business, computers, math and more. Obviously, he’s a creative right-brain type of guy who also knows how to handily apply his aptitude and skill to playing, singing and producing music. In his younger days, he’s played Arizona and New Mexico, performed in the pit for live theatre, and picked bluegrass and country with the Salt River Ramblers.

Now, he’s apparently in Nashville and following up on his second successful 1999 album “Champagne Saturday” that included the likes of Bobby Hicks, Judy Lynn, Joey Miskulin, Rick ‘L.D.’ Money, Johnny B. I kind of miss the accordion on “Playboy Swing,” but George has arranged his music with plenty of other instrumentation to personalize his sound. Besides George’s guitar, there are primarily trumpets, saxes, drums, bass, and piano. Sadly, John Heinrich’s pedal steel only appears in William Young’s “Little Miss Santa Clause” from his repertoire recorded in 2006. The bow work of fiddlers Jon Yudkin and Andrea Zonn is essential to this kind of material, and they all rise to the occasion without grandstanding.

The two bonus tracks offer selections recorded in 1992 (“Mass Grass”) and 1998 “Across the Alley from the Alamo”), and they seem to illustrate McClure’s musical evolution from playing banjo in more acoustic arrangements to the added instrumental dimensions he presents today. Stephen George Miler’s “Mass Grass” is an instrumental with a relaxed sophistication that featured David Grier, Mark Howard, and Terry Eldredge. “Across the Alley from the Alamo” is a fun remake of the Bob Wills’ classic, and it has Johnny Bellar’s lap steel, Bobby Hicks’ fiddle, and Mark Schatz’ bass in the mix.

McClure’s newest material has developed more into big band and jazz music. At track 2, an updated 2006 rendition of “Mass Grass” still has George picking banjo, but also has grand piano, violin, bass, drums, sax and electric guitar. The tune takes a completely different ambiance of relaxed, good-time vibe, as does “Mood Time” with its shimmering piano, sax and taste of banjo.

McClure also remakes his own “Champagne Saturday” (with Kathy Chiavola’s background vocals) into a grooving little number for the front-porch swing. In his songs like “Texas Blues” and “Mis Pensamientos,” George sings with warm, affable texture. I guess that’s what he refers to as “romantico” music with tints of Mexican mariachi melodies. Jim Hoke’s wailing trumpets really fill out the score for “Día De Los Muertos (The Matador).” McClure’s music is a little enigmatic at times. For example, why does he begin the album with a 3-minute version of “Playboy Swing,” but revisits the song with a 5-minute version (entitled “Playboy Loop”) at track 12? All in all, this CD’s a one-of-a-kind offering from a unique right-brained individual. It’s rather entertainingly off-beat. Hang loose, and enjoy it.

Joe Ross

LINER NOTES by Celestino Fernández, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, June 17, 2006

If you like swing music, you’re going to love this CD! Simplemente, bonita música para bonitos tiempos! What a great mix of instrumentals, bilingual songs, and soothing vocals... and it gets better with every listening. Often throughout the CD, one gets the feeling of being in the live presence of the artist, listening to the music, interacting with him between songs, and dancing the night away.

"Mis Pensamientos" begins in Spanish and switches to English; the listener soon gets the feeling of being in the desert, on either side, of the U.S.-Mexico border. The refrain, "solo tu, solo tu..." (Only you, only you...) is both soft and moving.

My favorite song on the CD is "Día De Los Muertos (The Matador)" (Day of the Dead - The Matador). The title plays on the Día de Los Muertos (All Souls Day - November 2nd) that is celebrated in Mexico and on the theme of bullfighting and specifically on the killing of the bull. This is a beautiful instrumental with a clear and vibrant trumpet that builds, leading the listener to imagine the end of the bullfight when the bull is killed. A bit sad, really.

On the happy side, Champagne Saturday is an upbeat little love swing to relax by on a Saturday afternoon, or on any day of the week for the matter. Slow, smooth, and soothing.

Dr. Celestino Fernandez is a world-class expert on border music and corridos. He is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Review by Gary Schwind

The album begins with the title track, which is not only a great title but a great description of the sound of the song. It is definitely a swingin' tune with big horns and cool vocals.

The title track is followed by "Mass Grass," which is a real interesting tune. It includes some definite bluegrass influence with the banjo and guitar. It also features a soprano sax and piano reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi. "Mood Time" is another song that combines elements of country (Bakersfield twang) with jazz so mellow it almost seems more like classical.

"Mis Pensamientos" is a sort of mariachi song in which McClure sings half in Spanish and half in English. It is a very mellow tune but I think the vocals could be bigger on this one to give it more of a feeling of a romantic canción.

"Dia de Los Muertos (The Matador)" is an instrumental tune that very much puts you in mind of a bullfight. It features saxophone, trumpet and traditional flamenco style guitar. This song would be great in a film.

After another cocktail tune ("Champagne Saturday"), McClure includes two poems. I'm not going to criticize his ability as a poet. In fact, I think he's quite a wordsmith. I will say this though, the two spoken-word poems don't really fit with the mood of the rest of the CD. The CD moves along, genre-hopping from jazz and country to Latin sounds, then it comes to these two spoken-word poems. They seem a little out of place.

McClure finishes the CD with reprises of "Playboy Swing," and "Mass Grass" on either side of"Across the Alley." These are good tunes, but I'm not sure why he decided to include each of these two songs twice on the CD.

Overall this is a very solid CD. I like how McClure moves so easily from one sound to another. This album easily appeals to fans of jazz, Latin and people who like a little twang in their music. And I'm not going to lie to you, a few of these tunes will make you feel like you should have a cocktail in your hand. I think the ending of the album could be a little stronger, but "Playboy Swing" is definitely worthwhile.


"The opener is a hot version of "Take Me Back To Tulsa", and "Across The Alley From The Alamo" swings as well. These two, along with "Wahoo!" are my favorites from this album." Rope Burns

GEORGE McCLURE – Champagne Saturday (I Made Love To An Alien Last Night)

JIP Records, JIP 7207-CD

Review from The Advertiser [Sounds Country]

Though we are regularly treated to a little swing thanks to superstars like George Strait, over here in the UK we rarely get to hear real western swing and when we do it is usually reissues of Bob Wills and the other 40's/50's exponents.

McClure therefore is like a breath of fresh air, proving that western swing is very much alive and part of the contemporary scene with 11 hot tracks that include George's originals Alien Love and Champagne Saturday, Bob Wills' standards Take Me Back To Tulsa and Across The Alley From The Alamo, the Gene Autry favourite El Rancho Grande and El Lumino, which is actually Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

A studio full of top pickers, Joey Miskulin, David Grier, Jim Hoke, Bobby Hicks, Mark Howard, Mark Schatz among them, assist.
Star track: "Gone With The Wind". Rating: 8.

Review by Western Swing Monthly

George McClure is a very talented singer, songwriter, guitar player and producer. All of these attributes are apparent on this brand new CD of 11 exciting tunes in the style of Contemporary Western Swing. He also surrounded himself with some very gifted musicians. One of these, is the great Bobby Hicks on fiddle. Bobby was an integral part of one of the earliest of the Contemporary Western Swing bands, that of the legendary Judy Lynn, just about 30 years ago. Also heard among the musicians is Joey Miskulin on accordion, Rick Money on lead guitar and Johnny B. on steel guitar.

The album opens with "Take Me Back To Tulsa" from the pen and songbook of Western Swing icons Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan. Also from the Wills and Duncan book is "Across The Alley From The Alamo" from their Tiffany Transcription collection. This was also a huge hit for the Mills Brothers as well as the Stan Kenton-June Christy team. The album also includes two of George's original compositions and single hits, "Alien Love" and "Champagne Saturday." George also arranged most of the remaining tunes, which includes an incredibly great version of the Merle Haggard hit "Gone With The Wind." The late Ray Whitley recorded Cliff Friend's "Wahoo" back in the thirties as did Milton Brown & his Brownies with "El Rancho Grande." They are now both brought back by George. "Mass Grass" is an instrumental with lots of jazz feel and "Can't Drown Your Memory" is contemporary Western Swing." "El Lumino" gives Johnny Mark's "Rudolph" the south of the border treatment. The album closes with "America" in a country music vein.

This album is highly recommended to all that are fans of Contemporary Western Swing.

Western Swing Monthly - Mike Gross, WVOF-FM, Fairfield, CT

George McClure with an alien friend  George and "little Ali"

Review from Bluegrass Unlimited

When the subtitle of an album is "I Made Love To An Alien Last Night," you get the sense that you're not going to be hearing a CD full of Carter Stanley covers. As it happens, George McClure's album is a journey into western swing and Texas border music, along with some sidetrips into his own slightly twisted imagination ("Alien Love").

Along with solid versions of Bob Wills classics like "Across The Alley From The Alamo" and "Take Me Back To Tulsa", McClure easily switches back and forth from light swing, country, and even a bilingual "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" ("El Lumino"). Bluegrass fans who don't share a similar passion for the joys of Texas swing might not appreciate what they're missing, but could still be drawn to the fine instrumental breaks on the south-of-the-border banjo instrumental "Mass Grass", as well as a supporting cast which includes David Grier, Bobby Hicks, Mark Schatz, Mark Howard, Terry Eldredge, and an electrified Jim Hurst. HK

McClure's second album, "CHAMPAGNE SATURDAY (ALIEN LOVE)" (hot Western swing and swing jazz), is on J.I.P. (Just Iss Planetary) Records of Nashville, Tennessee. Produced by McClure, it features the download hit "Alien Love (I Made Love To An Alien Last Night)" ( it charted in Japan) and world class talent such as Bobby Hicks (Rounder Records, tours with Ricky Skaggs).

  • 0. The Young, the Nomadic S.G.Miller ("Spirit Poetry")
  • 1. Take Me Back To Tulsa T.Duncan,B.Wills
  • 2. Alien Love (I Made Love To An Alien Last Night) George McClure
  • 3. Across the Alley from the Alamo Joe Greene arr. G.McClure
  • 4. Champagne Saturday George McClure
  • 5. Can't Drown Your Memory William Young
  • 6. Wahoo! Cliff Friend
  • 7. Gone With the Wind Dennis Barney
  • 8. Mass Grass S.G.Miller
  • 9. El Rancho Grande P.D. arr. G.McClure
  • 10. El Lumino John D. Marks arr. G.McClure v.arr. L.Carrie
  • 11. America William Young

'George McClure Headshot-small         Johnny 'n George live pic
George McClure pictures

Giving Christmas Candy to the Homeless, December 25th

George McClure Wow!

Rhonda Vincent and George McClure in Nashville
Rhonda Vincent and George McClure

'George McClure live in Nashville TN
Live at BB King's - George McClure

'George McClure playbill
George McClure LIVE!

'George McClure Cowboy Stetson & Gibson
George McClure

George McClure at Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX

"He has a way of making every song his own." [Billy Rose]

"a true original" [Britt Savage]

"Impeccable" [George Tutko]

George McClure wears Stetson Hats and plays Gibson Banjos

Texas dance hall

Texas dance hall

'George McClure Cowboy picture
George McClure Cowboy pic

GM's new logo

'George McClure - Rockabilly Swing show'
George McClure Combo
(office photo)

'George McClure (r) and Johnny B (l)'
Johnny B (l) , George McClure (r)

PLAYBOY SWING by george mcclure
George McClure - "PLAYBOY SWING"
"Gifted right brained individual"

Photo title: "Crunch"

(l to r) Harold Bradley, Pres. AFM 257; George McClure

'Publicity print George McClure'
Photo title: "halfbod print"

'Publicity print George McClure'
publicity print


George and the Nashville edition
George live in Nashville

George McClure on tour, visiting Apache and Geronimo's Gravesites, Oklahoma
George McClure (r) on tour in Oklahoma


" We put a smile on every face and a glow in every heart " 

Foto of George McClure with Jimmy Martin, King of Bluegrass
George McClure & Jimmy Martin the "King of Bluegrass"

former VP BMI Roger Sovine with George McClure
(l to r) Former VP BMI Roger Sovine with George McClure.

George McClure Collectible guitar flatpicks
Collectible guitar picks

New Mexico dance hall

New Mexico dance hall

Historic Gruene Hall

Historic Gruene Hall