Before Johnny Dowd and the Chicago/Bloodshot guys were tearing through and tearing up the iconography of country music, there was Lee Clayton. Jet pilot turned country music singer, Clayton's straightforward, unsentimental phrasing conveys his dark, strange songs very well. He takes gospel, bluegrass and blues images and he stands them on their heads, with strong and authentic effect. These two records are an excellent introduction to a songwriter's songwriter. Buy these and you'll want more.