The Cleverlys Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News Internatlional Magazine & Radio Show

The Cleverlys Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News Internatlional Magazine & Radio Show

1.       How
was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

RockyGrass,
MerleFest, and the Art of Music were amazing, and finishing our new album is at
the top of our professional highlights. We have some huge highlights on the
personal front too…we started a rescue for fighting Alpacas, DVD finished VCR
repair school, Cub got that dental work in Mexico that he’s always wanted, and
Ricky Lloyd traced his family tree back to the old country (Kentucky).

2.      What
is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Our latest
album is titled Blue, and just debuted at number two on the Billboard Bluegrass
chart!

3.       How
did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?

We have a
very methodical ritual that we do to choose an album title. First, we each
write our pick for the title on the back of a snapping turtle, then we place
the turtles in a box. Our cousin Pickle sticks his big toe through a hole in
the box and the first turtle to bite and stay latched onto Pickle’s toe is our
pick for the title.

4.      Do
you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for
your CD?

We do
write, and have an original (“Girl in the Sky”) on the album, but our fans
really love our covers. We let the turtles pick the cover songs.

5.       Your
current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this
song that makes people want to hear it?

Our current
single is a Zombies song called “She’s not There.” It’s just getting started, so
we don’t know how it’s gonna do on radio, but it’s a crowd pleaser at our live
performances.

6.      How
much creative control do you have over your music?

We have
creative control over our music. Mountain Home is perfect partner for us, they
encourage us to be artists, and they have a fully stocked lavatory.

7.       Do
you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your
music?

The
greatest compliment is when someone shares how they are affected by our art.
One fan said that we helped her pass a gall stone, another said that our music
caused her to swallow her partial plate. Litigation is the greatest form of
flattery.

8.      Who
inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

You know,
it’s hard to name all the folks that are inspirational to us. Ricky Lloyd says
he’s inspired by his bolo tie, and when he puts it on it gives him a testie
tickle. I’m inspired by the guy that took congealed, processed meat and turned
it into a little weenie, then put it in a can of beans to make “Beanie Weenies.”
Now, traces of his product can be found on truck driver seats on all 4
continents. On the music, side you can say there are a lot of layers to our
onion…we love Larry Sparks, Bowie, Shakuhachi, Maugham, Mott the Hoople, we
love Al Green, Dale Evans, Yelawolf…honestly, we love music, and our roots
run deep. My family brought music to the Ozarks from the old country
(Kentucky). Everyone plays music in our family, and a lot of them have played
in the group at times. My dad and his four brothers Terk, Tink, Terry and Bunion
had a group called the Cleverly Trio. Me, my cousin and two brothers dropped
the trio when we took it over cause there were only four of us. Now we’re just
called the Cleverlys. It’s me (Dr. Digger Cleverly) my nephew Ricky Loyd, my
nephew DVD and his twin brother Cub, and my nephew Sock in the group.

9.      What
do you think about today’s music industry?

No doubt
today’s music scene is more complicated. It’s way more competitive because of
the many outlets that launch artists, but the upside is…there are so many
outlets to launch artists. We are a product of that.

10.   When
you get time off, how do you like to relax?

When I get
time off, I like to relax with family on our Mountain in the Ozarks. We work
hard on our Alpaca farm. Our Cleverly Country Farm brand products mean as much
to us as our music. We work hard all day, and at night we eat stuff we raised,
drink wine that we squeezed and play music that we love, as a family. That’s the Cleverly way.

Photo (c) Sandlin Gaither

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