Rip Cat Records is proud to present In
The Middle Of Nowhere, the latest CD from John Clifton. The
California based singer/harmonica player, whose legend continues to grow with
every release, seamlessly translates his onstage blend of West Coast and
Chicago Blues, ’50s style hard R&B and high-energy vintage Rock ‘n ‘Roll to
the studio for 11 tracks that sizzle and shake to perfection. “The new
record is the live band, the guys who I play with every night,” he comments,
“so it definitely has more of a live feel to it.” Clifton’s
singing and playing have never been better as he continues to blur the lines
between multiple genres; he never lets the blues slip out of sight while
touching on everything from soul to jazz to R&B and even country.
Nowhere features five
all-new originals, along with six covers of songs by artists as diverse as
Lightnin’ Slim and Merle Haggard. Clifton’s ability to craft a unifying
thread between his own originals and those disparate covers is what sets him
apart from the pack.
In The Middle Of
Nowhere is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Nightlife (which spent six months in the
Top 50 Contemporary Blues charts, hit the Top 10 on Sirius/XM’s Rack Of Blues,
#11 on Living Blues Radio, and finished the year at #72 on Roots Music Report’s
Top 200 Contemporary Blues Chart).
Fronting a band firing on all cylinders, Clifton is an intense and
magnetic live performer. His reputation as both a harmonica player and
vocalist has led to onstage invites from the legends like James
Cotton, Rod Piazza, Mark Hummel, John Mayall, Kim Wilson and Huey Lewis
(among others). Since beginning his solo career 4 years ago (after first
rising to prominence in the late 1980s as lead singer for California
blues-roots favorites The MoFo Party Band) he has emerged as a true
showman, delivering straight from the heart, soul, and gut, while staying
clear of the typical clichés and novelties.