Country artist CJ Garton is coming out of the saloon doors swinging... Garton’s thunderous baritone is a wonderful throwback to the days of Johnny Paycheck and Waylon Jennings, and he writes country epics that easily outduel the biggest current names in the game.
- Paste Magazine
C.J. Garton says he was the typical ranch kid growing up in Oklahoma on his family’s land. He did all his chores, minded his elders, and learned the virtue of self-reliance. Yet his young mind was always occupied with music.
Garton has been writing and singing for as long as he can remember. Working on the ranch with his dad as a kid helped cement his lifelong dedication to authentic country sounds. “Growing up on the ranch you were surrounded by George Strait, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson tunes, and working cattle, and waking up early.
“I learned a lot about common sense and hard work out there, and I'm proud to say that I think that translates into my music. It's just working man's music and honest songs that got me through it.”Now in his late 30s, Garton has made a career of country music and works out of Nashville, but he still returns to the family land in Oklahoma to reconnect with his roots. He’s lived without his dad since losing him in the early 2000s.
The new single from Garton’s upcoming double album, Tales of the Ole West and Other Libations to Please the Palate, addresses grief and memories the artist still carries for his father. “If Daddy Could See” hits home with earnest lyrical sentiment and powerful baritone vocals (of which Keith Whitley and Merle Haggard would be proud).
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