Last updated May 2012
Night Ride to Birmingham is the new album by Anglo/Irish writer/singer Terry Clarke, his first since 2002’s Green Voodoo.
Terry Clarke's music is infused with the warm, breezy subtleties of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, the rough-hewn, hard-living country of Johnny Cash and the kind of street poetry and vivid imagery that make him one of the most important writers of his generation.
Whether he is calling up the spirit of the blues, tearing through a good, honest rock & roll song, introducing you to one of his flesh, blood and bone character studies or breaking your heart with a lonesome lament his work has the weight of history behind it - the history that gave us Son House, Dion, Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Webb and Mercer - but his work pulses with a contemporary heart that continues to make his music full of surprises.
Clarke's friendship with one of Austin's favourite adopted sons, Wes McGhee, led to the two of them getting together in the studio to produce Night Ride to Birmingham - a flashing, neon, jukebox of an album full of rockabilly swing, rock & rollers, and homages to Clarke's heroes such as Johnny Burnette, Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Elvis and Laura Nyro. As their fans will attest McGhee and Clarke are natural allies both on stage and in the studio, with a shared musical language and this album marks a new and exciting phase in their long relationship.
Available through Proper Distribution and from Terrapin Records
In Austin, Texas
E - press kit for Terry Clarke - downloads