If you were fortunate enough to catch The Cleverlys, a five-member trio known for its unique musical stylings, at MerleFest 2018, then you most likely know why the good folks over at Mountain Home Music Co. have decided the to make them the latest group to sign with the award-winning label.
Mountain Home also represents such top acts as Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, among others.
The New York Times once wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be The Cleverlys,” according to the release.
The group features Digger, Ricky Lloyd, Cub, Dale Vernon Dale, and Sock Cleverly, who bring bluegrass sensibilities to popular hip-hop and pop hits, proving some songs aren’t limited to one genre. With comedic live performances that combine top-notch music with elaborate storytelling, The Cleverlys draw in audiences and give them an unexpected — yet entertaining — experience, the release says.
Family patriarch and front man, Digger Cleverly, tells the Fence Post, “We didn’t think this would be possible a year ago.” On June 22, 2016, Digger was driving a herd of alpacas into their summer range on his family’s ranch near Cane Spur, Arkansas. All was peaceful when a rogue herd of wild alpacas appeared out of nowhere, scattering the Cleverly’s domestic herd into the dense thicket. Digger was thrown from his alpaca, suffering a fractured thumb and bruised lower ego. He was forced him to take a lengthy hiatus from touring and recording. After months of intense rehab and therapy from a team of professionals that specialize in alpaca mauling, Digger is in better shape than ever.
The Cleverlys returned to the studio this spring, and have begun recording new music to be released by Mountain Home throughout the summer and fall. Follow The Cleverlys on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Play or wherever you listen to hear new music as it’s released.