Singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a good yarn. Especially when paired with a good melody and some gritty slide guitar.
A careful student of the human condition, Carr's story-songs play out like mini-movies. Tales of joy, heartbreak, redemption, ordinary madness and everyday heroes are draped in a rich tapestry of acoustic steel-string guitar, dobro and lap slide.
Raised in America to a family of professional country musicians, Carr first tasted success with his early 80's new wave band Sneakers, which launched a solo career that's taken him all over the planet and has seen the release of seven solo albums and numerous band projects.
Over the years, he's toured and shared stages with the likes of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Chuck Berry, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Nick Lowe and Huey Lewis, just to name a few.
An intended brief vacation in Australia found Carr touring with members of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Easybeats, Bondi Cigars and the Saints. His bands Big Whiskey and Hillbilly Moon (with Paul Norton and the late Rose Tattoo legend Peter Wells) both met with considerable critical acclaim.
In the mid-90's he moved behind the scenes as a producer of new and emerging artists. His awards and nominations include the 1997 Russell Morris / Crosby Sisters duet, and singles from Tanya Sullivan, Nicole Brophy, Tracy Lee Killeen and Angie Marquis, amongst others. He moved to Nashville in the late 90's, writing and performing at legendary venues as the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner and the Broken Spoke before returning to Australia in 2001 for a promo stint with Liberation Music.
After spending most of the previous decade running several music venues, Carr has returned to his recording career with "Sedalia Blues", his eighth solo release, and has been touring Europe, the UK, and the USA in support.
Cletis Carr maintains bases in both, the historic Blue Mountains, west of Sydney Australia, and Nashville Tennessee. He was a contributing writer to Rockrgrl Magazine, is an obsessive cook, and knows some great jokes. He tries to collect Australian wines, but they never seem to stay in the rack very long.
2016 - Sedalia Blues
2012 - Stones
2011 - Sunday Morning Tunes
2011 - Footsteps
1999 - The ABC Sessions
1992 - Wooden Nails
1991 - Tales Of Ordinary Madness
1988 - Colourblind
1985 - Visible Tracks
1984 - That Kind Of A Girl
also appears on:
2015 - 35 Years of Big Rock / Various Artists
2010 - 30 Years of Big Rock / Various Artists
2010 - Blues Pirates / Blues Pirates
2007 - Bakers Dozen / Various Artists
2005 - 25 Years of Big Rock / Various Artists
1998 - Open Road / Various Artists
1997 - Hillbilly Moon / Volume Two
1994 - Hillbilly Moon / Volume One
1994 - Big Whiskey / The Distance
1981 - Sneakers / Music From The Sole
1980 - Sneakers / Ear Cartoons
1977 - Shaniko / Spoiled Angels