Michael Clem Trio
Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen
Thursday September 9, 2010, 6:00 PM
For almost 20 years, Michael Clem
, has been and continues to be, a member of nationally touring, Virginia-based folk-rock act, Eddie from Ohio
. For the past two years, he's been putting his musical roots down in Charlottesville, and some of the bands you may have seen him playing bass with are The Ellis Paul Band, Old Calf, and The Pollocks. This month marks the debut of his newly formed trio, and Folk & Beyond is the first to bring The Michael Clem Trio to the air waves. The trio features Rusty Speidel (SGGL) on lead guitar and Thomas Gunn (Lost Highway) on upright bass, while Mike will switch from his bass to acoustic guitar and mandola. A multi-dimensional performer, Mike’s dry and sly wit and clever arrangements, as well as his infamous “gimme 5” top 5 lists, have become a legend in his own mind as well as his audience’s. Expect surprises and upbeat lyrics to go along with the 3 part harmonies, as The Mike Clem Trio will break out some tunes from his new batch of originals, and maybe even some gems from his 2006 solo release, 1st & 40.
After 15 years with Eddie from Ohio, and forty years on the planet bassist /guitarist /mouth-organist /mouth-vocalist /tunesmith Michael Clem released his first solo CD, 1st & 40. Featuring 11 new original songs by Clem, this project was produced by EFO bandmate, Eddie Hartness, who also anchored the drums and percussion. Other guests include Daniel Brindley (on keys), as well as some backup vocals from bandmates Julie Murphy Wells and Robbie Schaefer. Clem does everything else, including some trombone (against everyone's wishes). Clem has a sparkling and unique ability to weave social commentary and wit, without being preachy.
Born in Atlanta on January 6, 1966. Mike is the middle of three boys, with all the middle child hang ups. The family moved to Northern Virginia in 1968, and with the exception of the college years, Mike had been there ever since, until his move to Charlottesville two years ago. “Since 1991, I've been playing bass, guitar, harp, and singing and writing songs for the folk-rock quartet, Eddie from Ohio. We've played all but 13 states in the U.S., and have even dipped our toes in Canada & Mexico. We've made nine CDs and a gazillion t-shirts. I also have an amazing son, as well as a reliable Honda in need of a new left rear tail light. Are we done?”
You can catch the Mike Clem Trio in the area on Thursday, September 16 at The Southern in downtown Charlottesville, and on Thursday, September 23 at Village Concerts in Palmyra.