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The Great Divide (band)

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The Great Divide
The Great Divide, 1998
The Great Divide, 1998
Background information
OriginStillwater, Oklahoma, United States
GenresCountry, Red Dirt
Years active1992–2007, 2011 - Present
Broken Bow
MembersMike McClure
Scott Lester
Kelley Green
J. J. Lester
Bryce Conway
Past membersMicah Aills
Websitehttps://www.tgdmusic.com https://www.facebook.com/thegreatdividemusic

The Great Divide is an American Red Dirt music group, originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Great Divide formed its own record label, publishing company and operating company, and began recording. The group's first two albums, Goin' For Broke and Break In The Storm, were independent releases. Atlantic Records signed the group and re-released Break In The Storm as well as the band's third album, Revolutions. Remain, the group's fifth album, was released independently at the end of 2002.

The Great Divide originally consisted of bassist Kelley Green, singer-songwriter Mike McClure and brothers Scott and J.J. Lester (rhythm guitar and drums, respectively). McClure left the band in early 2003 to pursue a career highlighting his originals and helping other bands record albums. The band continued with new singer Micah Aills but broke up after the release of "Under Your Own Sun" in 2005.[1]

On August 26, 2011, the original members reunited for an appearance and are still together today touring.[2] The album "25 Years of the Great Divide", comprising 31 tracks, was released to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2018. On August 26, 2022, the band released "Good Side" as a single from the "Providence" album. [3] "Good Side" was recognized as the Texas County Music Association's single of the year for 2023. The same year The Great Divide was recognized as the band of the year.

The band made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry on July 10, 2024. The band opened with the song Never Could and played Mr. Devil.

Awards and achievements[edit]

2023 Country Band of the Year - Texas Country Music Association
2023 Single of the Year - Good Side - Texas County Music Association



Year Title US Country
1995 Goin' for Broke
1998 Break in the Storm 69
1999 Revolutions 73
2000 Afterglow: The Will Rogers Sessions
2001 Dirt and Spirit
2002 Remain
2005 Under Your Own Sun
2018 25 Years of the Great Divide
2022 Providence


Year Title US Country Album
1998 "Never Could" 74 Break in the Storm
"Pour Me a Vacation" 59
1999 "San Isabella" Revolutions
2001 "Out of Here Tonight" Afterglow: The Will Rogers Sessions
"Days Go"
"Wild Horses"
2002 "Lost in the Night" Remain
2004 "Freedom" Single only
2005 "Crazy in California" Under Your Own Sun
2006 "The Plan"
2022 "Good Side" Providence

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1998 "Never Could" Bob Gabrielsen
"Pour Me a Vacation"
1999 "San Isabella"
2001 "Out of Here Tonight"[4] Peter Zavadil


  1. ^ Chandler, Chip (February 8, 2012). "Great Divide makes amends, joins for reunion shows". Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  2. ^ James, Laurie (September 1, 2011). "Bridging the Great Divide Seminal Red Dirt band reunites for Stillwater show". Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "The Great Divide 'Providence' Album Preview". Vivascene. August 25, 2022. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Great Divide : Out Of Here Tonight". Country Music Television. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2011.

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