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McKinney-based Americana singer-songwriter Grady Yates finds inspiration in Texas History

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McKinney-based Americana singer-songwriter Grady Yates finds inspiration in Texas History


  /(John Manzer)
Grady Yates finds his songwriting inspiration in history, particularly Texas history, and the expanse of the vast landscape.

Published: 10 May 2013 04:01 PM

Updated: 10 May 2013 04:04 PM


Picture the range. Think of an expanse of land, the open country. Then ponder the history of the settlers and toilers that inhabited that land long ago before any of us ever stepped foot on it.

Grady Yates thinks about this all of the time, especially about the geographical boundaries of Texas. He’s a history buff, yes, and a man consumed by the stories that shaped where we are today – literally. So when it came time to record his latest album, A Thousand Horses, which follows 2011′s Where the Concrete Ends, the McKinney-based Americana singer-songwriter found himself enthralled once again with the tales of Comanche Indians, the River Jordan, historic ranches, the late Townes Van Zandt and the miles separating Abilene from Mexico.

Yates concentrates on the craft of songwriting. He’s a man of quiet melodies, descriptive lyrics and pensive passages. He considers Texas songwriting legend Guy Clark a huge influence and he surrounds himself with fellow Americana singer-songwriters such as Frisco’s Mark David Manders, with whom he wrote “99 Days.” Yates took to his computer keyboards recently to answer questions about A Thousand Horses, the lost art of Americana storytelling and a couple of upcoming gigs, including a stint at the Allen City Blues Festival July 27. Yes, Yates can also revel in a bluesy side.