Cold as the Clay
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 2006 (Europe)
July 11, 2006 (United States)
GenreAmericana, folk, alternative country, old-time music
ProducerBrett Gurewitz
Greg Graffin chronology
American Lesion
Cold as the Clay
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
PopMatters7/10 stars[2]
RTÉ3/5 stars[3]

Cold as the Clay is the second solo album by Bad Religion's vocalist Greg Graffin. It was released on July 10, 2006 in Europe, and the following day in the United States.[4][5] It follows on from Graffin's 1997 release of American Lesion.

Graffin has described the album as "honor[ing] the legacy of American music. [...] Traditional songs that helped form the 18th and 19th century American cultural landscape. The modern songs are inspired by my love of country rock in vein of Gram Parsons, The Band, Neil Young".[4] It was produced by fellow Bad Religion member, Brett Gurewitz ("Mr. Brett"), and features appearances by Jolie Holland,[6] and members of The Weakerthans, in contrast to American Lesion, where Graffin recorded the entire album by himself. A special Vinyl edition was released to celebrate Record Store Day 2017.[citation needed]

Track listing

The Epitaph records website gives the track listing as:[4]

  1. "Don't Be Afraid to Run" – 4:12
  2. "Omie Wise" – 3:53
  3. "Cold as the Clay" – 3:19
  4. "Little Sadie" – 2:35
  5. "Highway" – 2:34
  6. "Rebel's Goodbye" – 3:52
  7. "Talk about Suffering" (with Jolie Holland) – 3:36
  8. "Willie Moore" – 3:56
  9. "California Cotton Fields" (with Jolie Holland) – 2:32
  10. "The Watchmaker's Dial" – 2:30
  11. "One More Hill" – 3:02

Tracks #1, 3, 5, 6, 10 written by Greg Graffin, tracks #2, 4, 7, 8, 11 are traditional songs with many versions and unknown writers, track #9 by Dallas Frazier & Earl Montgomery.

Another track, Footprints in the Snow, was originally announced as the 12th track of the album, but was removed during production.



  1. ^ Allmusic review
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  3. ^ RTÉ review
  4. ^ a b c Epitaph records Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine - Greg Graffin - Cold as the Clay page
  5. ^ Shock Records Archived 2006-04-28 at the Wayback Machine - Upcoming Epitaph Releases
  6. ^ Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine - Greg Graffins Solo album release date, title