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With the right marketing, Ginger Boatwright could be huge in the country market. She certainly has the talent to become as successful as Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, or Tammy Wynette, but instead of having the support of a big Nashville promotional team, Boatwright has concentrated on the traditional bluegrass market. With its mandolin, banjo, fiddles, and heavy bluegrass elements, Fertile Ground is characterized by its earthiness and a definite lack of slickness. But make no mistake: "Nashville in the Rain," "Where Does All the Love Go (When It's Gone)," "City Ties," and other Boatwright originals are country-pop gems. Had any of these songs been recorded by Tanya Tucker or Emmylou Harris and enjoyed the support of a major label, they could have easily been huge country hits. Although Fertile Ground received most of its support from bluegrass audiences, Boatwright is someone country fans shouldn't ignore. And this fine CD wouldn't be a bad starting point.


Born: 21 September 1944 in Columbus, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s

Singer and bluegrass performer Ginger Boatwright was born Ginger Kay Hammond in Columbus, MS, on September 21, 1944. As a child, Ginger sang bluegrass tunes with her father, Hap Hammond, and his Magic Circle Ramblers. She grew up studying piano, but switched to guitar while studying history and sociology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. At a 1966 Grant Boatwright concert, the guitarist invited Ginger on-stage to play. That impromptu performance led to a creative partnership, which in turn...
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