Posted on: Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Clay Prewitt graduated from E&H in 2001 and is known throughout the region as a musician who can bring down the house whether playing on a Friday night at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion or on a random Saturday night on a downtown stage. He previously played with the band These Undowners, but these days he's gone solo...saying "It's just me, settling down and focusing on songwriting and amusing myself."
Recently, Clay joined the ranks of the immortal.
When the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol put its giant sign into place, it included a music staff and a handful of notes. Those notes weren’t random – they were from a song written by Clay Prewitt.
The notes are from his song Stateline that reverently honors the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the Carter Family, and the ongoing contributions to music that are found daily in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. The specific notes on the sign represent the words “Let the music play.” Other lyrics celebrate the role Bristol plays in showcasing a wide variety of music styles: “We’ve got bluegrass and hill-folk soul. We sing the gospel and we sing the blues. We walk the line – west of the sign – just so we can get back to our roots. … It’s a Stateline state of mind.”
You can still listen to Clay with These Undowners at ReverbNation.