About the artist
Valentine is a singer-songwriter who has created a new genre of music he calls "country jazz" recorded in Nashville with Nashville's finest sessions players stepping outside the box. Valentine grew up near the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River listening to Flat and Scruggs at the Watermelon Park Blue Grass Festival, big bands at deb parties, Van Morrison in DC, Bruce Springsteen in the old gym at UVA, Willie Nelson in a field near Austin, The Ramones at CBGB's, Muddy Waters playing to 7 people in Chicago, Bob Marley somewhere he forgets and so on. Country Jazz is now simply his style but could easily become a genre, as Bill Monroe's style became Bluegrass thanks to Lester and Earl, and Jimmy Cliff's style became reggae thanks to Bob Marley. Copying styles and popularizing them into new genres is the history of music. Ask any gum patch barrelhouse player you can dig up from a shallow grave if he was the first to play boogie woogie or who birthed rock n' roll. The bass in Valentine's songs is straight quarter notes, and you won't hear a kick drum! Both taboo today, but not back when modern music was created.
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