CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin’”

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a Nashvillian” or the Nashville experience. “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


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CD Review:  Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin’”

by Dave Carew

One of the great delights of reviewing new records for Underground Nashville is the opportunity to point my finger toward GREAT albums that the mainstream media may be overlooking.  That’s certainly the case with High Steppin’ by Marty Grebb. Suffice it to say that if you LOVE the blues, you’ll love this album MORE.

Why?  Because this album—as they say in the business world—“offers added value.”  Not only does Grebb lend his incredibly soulful, 66-years-young voice to all this album’s killer tracks, but—get this—he plays EVERY instrument on the album.  With MIND-BOGGLING authority. As Bonnie Raitt said of the album, “Marty is one of the very few musicians who can nail singing, keyboards, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, songwriting, and arranging with equal passion and authenticity. He’s made another great, funky record in High Steppin’ . . . Terrific all the way around!”

I couldn’t agree more.

If you go to or, you’ll discover the stunning array of world-famous musicians who have played with and still greatly admire Marty Grebb. (Their number includes Clapton, Leon Russell, and on and on). But for my money, that hardly matters.  I’d love this record even if it had been made by someone who’d never left his bedroom. Trust me: If you dig the blues, this record is likely to “high step” its way to the top of your personal favorites list.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.



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