The Great Divide

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Formed in 1992 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of the ‘Red Dirt’ sound, the Great Divide originally featured Mike McClure (vocals/guitar), Kelley Green (bass), and brothers Scotte Lester (guitar) and J.J. Lester (drums). The quartet came together to record compositions by McClure on a demo. This led to the formation of the band as an ongoing project, although they all held down day jobs. Soon they attracted a good following, especially on statewide campuses. The music they played was traditional in concept even if it sometimes comprised original compositions. McClure’s songs had a down-home earthiness that appealed to those who were wearying of the high polish then being applied to many in the country music business. Determined from the start to succeed by their own standards, the Great Divide formed their own record label and publishing house. Soon appearing as opening act for country music stars, they began recording with 1995’s Goin’ For...

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