The legendary Marshall Family’s David Marshall issued a remarkable album 40 years ago. Underappreciated and out of print for years, “Clearwaters” has been newly mastered and released for the first time as a digital-only album. Included on the album are six-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley and ten-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton, among others. The result is a collection that ranges from Marshall’s inspired rewrite of old-time favorite “Hammer and Nail” to the contemplative closing instrumental, “Daddy’s Darlin’ Dream.” Clearwaters offers a glimpse into the early careers of some of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel’s most beloved artists. It also sounds as fresh and original as it did on its first release. It is available for purchase or streaming on all platforms.
Recorded at the Horizon Music Group studios in Asheville, North Carolina for the then-fledgling label, Clearwaters knit together profound Christian conviction and a deeply personal creativity in a rare musical fabric. Best known for his work with his family’s bluegrass gospel group, which released three albums back in the 1970s that served as inspiration to artists like The Isaacs, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent, Marshall was a distinctive, emotive singer, a deliciously individualistic banjo, mandolin and guitar player, and the composer of songs that not only suited the Marshall Family, but found favor with the likes of bluegrass Hall of Famers Ralph Stanley and Larry Sparks.