Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Clarksdale is a blues band that rocks a little more than they roll.


While living in Mexico City for 7 years, guitarist/singer/songwriter, Jeff Powers cut his teeth in various blues bands. Though Jeff moved to Mexico City to perform and teach classical guitar he soon dropped out of the cozy and well paid classical world to live and play the blues in the down and dirty clubs, jails, and places at the end of dirt roads.

Barely eking out a living Jeff would cross the entire city with guitar and amp in hand by bus and subway to get to a gig or rehearsal but during his years there he wrote over 200 songs and developed his own standout style of blues guitar based around his virtuoso classical technique.

After returning to Cleveland Jeff formed several bands including Dead Guy Blues and performed as a solo acoustic act. For the last 3 years Jeff has been performing with veterans of the Cleveland blues/rock scene, JP Hamm on Drums and Jon Noble on Bass.

Clarksdale is a high energy jam band that grooves and stretches out on classic tunes like: Let Me Love You Babe, Long Haired Country Boy (slide guitar), Susy-Q, Ohio, Rock Me Babe, Crossroads, Kansas City, Honky Tonk Women (slide guitar), Sissy Strut, Voodoo Chile among many others. Clarksdale sounds like SRV, Freddie King and Buddy Guy meets Neil Young.


Dead Guy Blues = 1st CD
Cold Wind In Cleveland = 2nd CD

Set List

Clarksdale has three 1 hour plus sets.
Or they can perform one long set: 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs.