Clifton Lee Johnston
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Clifton Lee Johnston


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Live at Jet City EP (1998)


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Life is rough... tougher for some than others. Clifton Lee Johnston has had a bit more than his fair share of misfortune, maybe. Death, divorce, despair, disappointment. But it sure makes for a damn good song.

Let's take a look at Clif's first album, Live at Jet City. "All I Need" and "If I Can't Write My Songs For You" are pleas for reconciliation; "Cold Wind Blowin" is about infidelity; "The Love You Leave Behind" is about the death of a loved one; "Travelin' Man" is about loneliness; "Suffer Me" is a personal manifesto declaring freedom to live one's own life. Interestingly enough, the one "happy" tune on the album is about the healing power of music - "The Song." The nature of the art, in this case, truly reflects the nature of the artist - a troubled troubadour with a hard-lived life, finding solace only in song.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Clif moved to Seattle in 1996 with just a guitar and a duffle bag full of clothes, and began playing original songs on the singer-songwriter circuit. He recorded Live at Jet City, a 7-song EP, in 1998 and is currently working on his first 3 or 4 full-length releases.