Mike Clifford is an Austin, Texas–based singer-songwriter whose music has been described as a cross between Texas honky-tonk and California country-rock. He has released 4 successful self-produced albums, charted 5 consecutive radio singles on the Texas Music Chart, and has been nominated for four Texas Music Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year in 2011. He and his band currently gig regularly all over the state of Texas and points beyond. Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Virginia, but a former resident of Baltimore MD, Los Angeles CA and Dallas TX, Mike Clifford’s music is truly the sum of his travels and influences, which range from Johnny Cash to the Eagles to Rodney Crowell. You can hear the influence of those artists and many more on Mike’s second original CD “All Night All Day”, which Mario Taradell from the Dallas Morning News described as having a “tuneful, boot-kicking sound”. Clifford’s unique vocal style sets him apart from both the traditional “hat acts” and the more contemporary vocalists in country music… his versatile tenor voice is instantly recognizable, and his 3-octave range is well-suited to the wide range of styles he covers with his original music. Clifford is also a multi-instrumentalist and played all of the guitar, bass, organ, and percussion tracks on “All Night All Day”. A Texas resident since 1991, Clifford has paid his dues over the years in Texas honky-tonks and dancehalls, performing well over 2000 gigs in the Lone Star State since his arrival and sharing the stage with artists such as Chris Young, Johnny Lee, Don Walser, Lee Roy Parnell, Rick Trevino, Larry Gatlin, Jason Boland, Dale Watson, John Conlee, and many others. In 2006, Clifford and his band completed his 3rd original CD "The Heartbreak Grill And Bar", which he describes as “a Texas Dancehall concept album”. The disc features 11 original country songs, 10 of which were penned by Clifford, and has received glowing reviews from the Dallas Morning News, Killeen Daily Herald, Roots Music Report, Best In Texas magazine, and a number of other print and online publications. The first single off the new album, the Waylon-esque barnburner “It’s All Texas Music To Me”, broke onto the Texas Music Chart Top 40, receiving regular airplay on over 35 stations across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
Clifford has just released his 4th studio album "Backroads In Bare Feet", which features members of George Strait's Ace In The Hole Band and Asleep At The Wheel. The new CD contains 11 original tracks written and produced by Clifford, ranging in style from up-tempo country-rockers to Texas honky-tonk to heartfelt ballads, and everything in between. The first single "Talkin' To My Drink" shipped to radio in late August 2010.
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