Singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a good yarn. Especially when paired with a good melody and some gritty slide guitar.
Perched firmly atop the Americana / folk / blues summit, his tales of joy, heartbreak, redemption, ordinary madness and everyday heroes are draped in a rich tapestry of acoustic steel-string and resonator guitars.
Raised in America to a family of 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 eight 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, and the Saints. He toured with blues heroes, Bondi Cigars, and his bands Big Whiskey and Hillbilly Moon were both met with considerable critical acclaim.
In the 90's, he was offered a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell music, and along with the ABC/EMI team, moved behind the scenes as an award-winning writer and producer of new and emerging artists. He moved to Nashville in the late 90's, co-writing as well as 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 leading Aussie label Liberation Music.
As a songwriter, he's had over 120 compositions commercially released worldwide, dozens of covers by other writers, and tracks on international film and television. His most notable cut, What About You, won a 2003 ABC Music award, and was the closing credits song in the hit film, “Danny Deckchair”, which starred Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans.
After extensive tours of Australia, the UK, Europe, and North America, Carr has returned to his recording career with Sedalia Blues, his eighth solo release.
Cletis Carr bases himself in both Sydney, Australia, and Nashville, Tennessee. He tries to collect Australian wines, but they never seem to stay in the rack very long.
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yr | band | title | label
1977 | Shaniko | Soiled Angels | Chrome
1980 | Sneakers | Ear Cartoons | City Lights / MMO
1981 | Sneakers | Music From The Sole | unreleased
1984 | Cletis Carr | That Kind Of A Girl | Random
1985 | Cletis Carr | Visible Tracks | Random
1988 | Cletis Carr | Colourblind | Chase/Sony
1991 | Cletis Carr | Tales Of Ordinary Madness | Pelican
1992 | Cletis Carr | Wooden Nails | Pelican
1994 | Big Whiskey | The Distance | Pelican
1994 | Hillbilly Moon | Volume One | Pelican
1996 | Hillbilly Moon | Volume Two | unreleased
1998 | Hillbilly Moon | Won't Come This Way | ABC/EMI
1999 | Cletis Carr | The ABC Sessions | ABC RN
2010 | Blues Pirates | Blues Pirates | Big Rock
2011 | Cletis Carr | Footsteps | indie
2011 | Cletis Carr | Sunday Morning Tunes |indie
2012 | Cletis Carr | Stones | indie
2016 | Cletis Carr | Sedalia Blues | indie
Productions and Co-Productions
yr | artist | title | label
1992 | Dez Williams | Walking On A Border | Pelican
1995 | Angie Marquis | Love Me Again | ABC/EMI
1996 | Russell Morris & Crosby Sisters | Wings Of An Eagle | Southland
1996 | Crosby Sisters | Train Of Desperation | Southland
1996 | Nicole Brophy | Running Out Of Love | ABC/EMI
1996 | Tanya Sullivan | Strange Town | ABC/EMI
1997 | Jo Jo Leslie | For No Other Reason | indie
1998 | Tracy Lee Killeen | Ophelia's Charms | ABC/EMI
1998 | Karen Lynne | Labour Of Love | indie
1998 | Nicole Brophy | Maybe It's Time | indie
2015 | Luke Schweizer | Younger Days | indie
2016 | Saintess Larnia | Faded / Bottletop Blues | indie