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ABOUT THE MUSICIAN
CLETUS BLACK (vocals/guitar) Award winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Cletus Black has been writing, recording and performing his songs for nearly two decades. Whether playing solo, with members of his band or with his complete Revue, he brings a unique blend of rock, folk, blues, country and pop to the stage. Cletus performs a mix of original songs and cover songs.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...
"As a songwriter, Black stands on the shoulders of giants...Every
song has a distinctive hook and lyrics are sufficiently mature and esoteric."
"His sandpapery voice and emotional depth charges remind me of
an alt-country Leonard Cohen, with toasty-oaked, wiskey-soaked shades
of J.J. Cale at his edges. Black's songs come from a heart that's surely
on its way to said color, lined with Springsteen flourishes and melancholy
violets...Black's one hell of a poet...And much larger than local."
"Cletus Black is one of the most distinctive singer-songwriters
in the area and-given his knack for lyrics-one whose reach is beyond the
region is way overdue...Bloodlines to the Heart builds on the strengths
of Black's solid 2001 offering Black Ice, a disc abundant with hooks that
establish a variety of engaging moods and pictures. Black gets a lot of
storytelling mileage out of the short, simple phrases from which he typically
fashions his tunes."
"Cletus Black's music harks back to a generation of blues and country-informed
folk rockers who sprang from the loins of Bob Dylan. His roosty eclecticism,
storytelling lyrics, strong song writing craft and tough-hewn voice
have much in common with the seemingly bottomless pool of talented Texas
singer-songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zant and Tom Russell.
His music would sound more at home in Austin than in his native Cleveland..."
"Cleveland's lyrical poet, cletus Black is back with his latest
batch of rockin' blues ballads and stories of life. Stuck in Ohio with
a Greenwich attitude and a backcountry outlook, Black is kickin' up some
of the best talent around him to deliver his latest edicts...An Ohio original,
Cletus Back is an elite wordsmith with a unique musical vision...scope
this out...it's rockin' blues noir!"
"Black is one of the city's true hidden treasures."