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Dr. Gary Allison Furr / Press

"You can tell that when Gary writes, he's mining for truth. Case in point... "Wagon Wheels". I love that song. He really hit some gold in that one." - Pat Terry

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“Your talk and the music was exactly what we needed to kick-off New Horizon's academic year. It was informative, entertaining … the music was foot-tapping fun. I bought two of the CD's and just finished listening to permanent world of pretend. I very much relate to the message in ‘Sky's a Clearing…”

Jack Ferguson - New Horizons Program University of Alabama Birmingham

“There's a family feeling about this group of musicians--- they seem related to each other, owing to the synchronicity with which they play and sing together, and the good-natured way they rib each other throughout a typical performance. What's more, they seem kin to their audience and hosts--- there's a generosity in the show … like a band of cousins at a family reunion. Indeed, Shades Mountain Air has always shown a special affinity for this venue, stepping up to offer their considerable gifts in a selfless support of our efforts. We are happy to welcome them to our stage at any time... not only for their proficiency as performers, but because we know them as good and true friends.”

“First-class bluegrass served up with an uncanny ability to embrace the audience from the first pluck of the string. It’s just hard to beat great music from wonderful people”

Mart Gray, - Just Folk Coffeehouse, Elba AL

“Strong vocals, musical variety, and high-spirited fun is the hallmark of their performances”

Early County News, Blakely, Georgia

“This is the real stuff! Great music from the soul of America. Shades Mountain Air will take you back and lift you up. Don’t miss them!”

Dr. Timothy George - Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

““…incredibly tight musicianship and tight harmonies – not a ragtag bunch of hobbyists. This band was (and is) the real deal”

“When you blend great musicians, good song selections and original material, with colorful entertainers that engage their audience, you get Shades Mountain Air. ‘Hot Strings, Birmingham’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival’ chose Shades Mountain Air to be one of our featured bands in 2010, and we were thrilled with their performance, and the audience was too. Their shows are musical, entertaining, and just plain fun!”

Brent Warren - Editor, BamaGrass Alabama Bluegrass Music Association

“Gary Furr is a musical talent. His songs are inspirational, humorous, and thought provoking. Shades Mountain Air translates his songs with genuine artistry.”

Bo Prosser - Coordinator for Congregational Formation Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

“Gary Furr's brilliantly written songs address timeless issues through insightful story-telling. Lyrics delivered through Gary's powerful vocal performance creates engaging imagery for each listener. I booked Gary and Shades Mountain Air to perform at the 175th Anniversary of the University of West Alabama's Homecoming. The College of Education has already received a record number of reservations for this event.”

Dr. Kathy Chandler - Dean, Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education The University of West Alabama

““Gary Furr's brilliantly written songs address timeless issues through insightful story-telling. Lyrics delivered through Gary's powerful vocal performance creates engaging imagery for each listener. I booked Gary and Shades Mountain Air to perform at the 175th Anniversary of the University of West Alabama's Homecoming. The College of Education has already received a record number of reservations for this event.””

Dr. Kathy Chandler - email