Â Dunn, North Carolina, nativeÂ Clint AlphinÂ is set to release hisÂ fourth album,Â Straight to Marrow,Â onÂ March 29th.Â Â A collection of bluesy, folksy, and straightforward American roots music,Â Straight to MarrowÂ finds Clintâ€™s easy tenor vocals and down-home guitar picking entwined in his most eclectic album yet.Â Part of what makes Alphinâ€™s new record ebb and flow with ease is producerNeilson HubbardÂ (The Apache Relay, Matthew Perryman Jones) and his careful song-by-song approach, allowing Clintâ€™s skill set to shine as each new tune unfolds. Today,Â Glide MagazineÂ premieredÂ Straight to Marrowâ€™sÂ first single, â€œOut to California.” Glide praises the release and notes thatÂ â€œAlphin explores moments in life that move you to the bone, as he embraces and celebrates risk taking and dream chasing.â€ Glide also nods to Hubbardâ€™s work, noting that â€œthe production is carefully constructed to suit each song.â€
AÂ finalistÂ of Merlefestâ€™s esteemedÂ Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, Alphin moves from whimsy to heartache to reassurance with the ease that only a veteran writer can, and there are often secondary, deeper meanings behind even the happiest songs on this record.Â Clint says of mid-album track â€œBless Your Heartâ€, â€œThis is a rumination on a traditional southern turn of phrase that many of us are all too familiar with. Taken a little more earnestly, itâ€™s a call for a little more peace, love, and understanding.â€Â Â Straight to MarrowÂ closes with â€œGrandfather; Grandmotherâ€, a vibrant, finger-picked ode to his grandparents, Jesse and Allene Alphin, who passed away in September of 2014, both in their 90â€™s.Â Clint found inspiration in memories and an interview with the pair while they were still around, some of which can be heard in the final moments of the record. Alphin finds solace in the album-closing number, remarking, â€œThey were the most encouraging and true inspirations of my life, and Iâ€™m happy to have captured a bit of their essence here.â€
Clint Alphin had a childhood epiphany while attending a Randy Travis concert, realizing immediately that he was meant to make music.Â Although he grew up in a musical family, there was always a looming idea in Alphinâ€™s greater community that music was meant to be a hobby, not a career.Â As Clint puts it, â€œIn that town, there arenâ€™t a lot of models for how you can be a professional musician. The perception is that youâ€™re either world famous, or youâ€™re eating beanie weenies out of a can for your whole life.â€Â That didnâ€™t discourage his youthful dream, at least not enough.
Alphin tried his best to be a businessman with thoughts of following in the footsteps of his family who ran a second-generation meat and seafood distribution company.Â He even went as far as earning a business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. But Clint found that his passion belonged elsewhere and decided to start paying his dues in the music industry.Â Hard work always pays off, and that hard work hasÂ wonÂ ClintÂ theÂ Telluride Troubadour contest at Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2017, twice gotten him to theKerrville New Folk Competition finals, and earned him the title ofÂ Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist.Â Â Not bad for a kid who decided not to take over the family business to pursue a childhood dream.
Catch Clint Alphin onÂ tour:
January 22 – February 4Â – Sundance Film Festival – Park City, UT
February 10 – Steveâ€™s Guitars – Carbondale, CO
February 14 – Still Cellars Distillery – Longmont, CO
February 19 – WDVX Blue Plate Special – Knoxville, TN
February 23 – Commodore Grille – Nashville, TN
March 8 – Third Coast Comedy Club – Nashville, TN
March 21 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN