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C. Lee Clarke's Bio
Born in Memphis, TN but raised in Coastal, CA, C. Lee Clarke was singing and inventing his own music as soon as he could talk. Still
fascinated with music at age eleven, he received his first guitar. It was an old Silverrtone "F Hole". Armed with his Silvertone and the Mel
Bay Beginner ( a primer that included an L.P. with tuning tones), he set out to become a rock star. By the time he was fourteen, C. Lee
was in the hard rock surf band, playing covers to such artists as CCR, Santans, and BTO. Then came the late 1970's musical influences
like Devo, Talking Heads, and the Sex Pistols. C.Lee cut his fiery-orange hair into a mohawk, became involved in various punk rock
bands, and made a name for himself ass along the western United States.
When C.Lee Clarke turned 30, he discovered a new love for music in Folk music and the Blues. He put aside his mohawk and the rock
and roll lifestyle for a solo tour that took him to more than 20 states. One could find him playing in a night club in New York, a coffee
house in Colorado, or on the streets in Tijuana, Mexico. He recalls two of his favorite places with particular fondness. One is a place called
Beale St. in Memphis, his birthplace. The other is where you can most likely find him, Manitou Springs, CO, where he has been one of
the few licensed street performers for the last two years. Although C. Lee Clarke no longer plays in punk bands, the content of his original material is pretty much the same. "Folk music is the
granddaddy of punk. Strong social awareness, poetic political activism, and best of all, now you can hear the words". C. Lee also reflects
that if he had a longer attention span he would be writing novels. Perhaps he will develop it one day, but for now, C. Lee can tell quite a
story in a four minute song. He backs himself up with an 8-string guitar, a
harmonica, and a bit of foot stomping to get the point across. "I
believe Folk music has something for everyone, young and old. It has definitely changed my life for the better".
C.Lee. Clarke's music is thoughtful, soul-searching, and sometimes humorous. He is a dynamic, energetic performer who tailors his sets
to what his listeners like to hear. Come and see for yourself!
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