Americana blues-folk singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a great 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 1979 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 Taj Mahal, 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.
Moving to Nashville in the late 90's, Carr performed at such 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.
His song, What About You was a hit for Aussie singer Brooke Leal in 2003, and was chosen as the closing credits number for the hit film, Danny Deckchair (Miranda Otto & Rhys Ifelds).
Cletis Carr resides in both the historic Blue Mountains, outside of Sydney Australia, and Nashville, Tennessee.