Leo Clarke
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Leo Clarke

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Originally published on Thursday, March 24
By Troy Buchanan

Folksy, with maybe just a hint of blues thrown in.

That’s how Leo Clarke describes his music, a simple yet tasty musical recipe found in his CD release “No Rewind.”

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Musician Leo Clarke paid a visit to the Rogers State University radio station 91.3 FM KRSC to discuss his latest CD release and play some of his music on-air.)

“I would say my music is more raw,” he said. “The music for ‘No Rewind’ was recorded live with just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica.”

Think Bob Dylan in the early days — Clarke’s music focuses on real life situations, “Day to day life,” he said.

“It’s about struggles,” Clarke explained, “and the things I have been through.”

Clarke is on his way to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and hitting a few clubs and musical venues on the way. Recently, Clarke was talking and singing on Rogers State University’s college radio station, KRSC 91.3 FM.

The 30-year-old Clarke sights some of his musical influences as Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and The Grateful Dead.

Clarke, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, got into music in college. It was while attending college on a baseball scholarship that he started to take his music more seriously, he said.

“For about ten years now I have really been focused on my music,” he said.

A popular performer in his neck of the woods, Clarke said he is hoping to gain a few more fans as he travels the Midwest and South performing his own music.

“I’m just trying to get out and share my music,” he said. “I needed to get away from the local music scene where I was really accepted and travel and play.”

Clarke, who was in sales before embarking on his musical career, said there was some trepidation about giving up the nine to five job and taking a chance on his music.

But, he said, so far “the music is speaking for itself. It just feels natural.”

Clarke’s CD “No Rewind” — which features his dog Squiggy on the cover — is available on his Web site at LeoClarkeMusic.com.
- Claremore Progress, Tulsa, OK


originally published 12/2/04

Leo Clarke’s first solo CD, No Rewind, is a sweet, sweet piece of work, a true solo work—guitar, vocal, harp—awash in a back porch snesibility that’s perfect at coffee cup or suds bottle time. Clarke frames his songs with sharp pick-and-strum craft. - UA NEWS, Columbus, OH


No Rewind (2004, New Reality Records); the following tracks from the cd have received radio airplay: Hang On, Whatcha' Think'n 'Bout, Island Song, Bootie Shaker, Ego Sack, 35 Railroad Track, Everything (is gonna be alright), and Coffeeshop Song



Leo and Murph were born and raised in central Ohio. Leo, a guitarist for 15 years, has played in several Columbus-based rock bands, including Peach Melba and Jym Slammer. These bands performed at some of the leading venues and festivals in Columbus, including the Newport Music Hall, Little Brother’s, and the annual ComFest (Community Festival). Leo played solo (in the Americana singer-songwriter genre) from mid 2004 to mid 2005, recording and releasing “No Rewind,” a full-length cd on New Reality Records, in December, 2004 (the third song on the demo, “Hang On,” is from that disc). Dave (Murph) reached the drum kit via playing the horns in high school. He joined/formed the band Inclusion in the summer of 2002 where he played until joining up with Leo in late August of 2005. The “Get Down” demo reflects the initial fruit of this duo's collaboration (with bass player Jake Remley), with much more in the pipeline.