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Cletis Carr Biography

Last updated: 08/31/2011

Singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a good yarn. Especially when paired with a good melody and some gritty slide guitar.

A careful student of the human condition, Carr's story-songs play out like mini-movies. Tales of joy, heartbreak, redemption, ordinary madness and everyday heroes are draped in a rich tapestry of acoustic steel-string guitar, dobro and lap slide.

Raised in America to a family of professional country musicians, Carr first tasted success with his early 80's new wave band Sneakers, which launched a solo career that's taken him all over the planet and has seen the release of five solo albums and numerous band projects.

Over the years, he's toured and shared stages with the likes of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Chuck Berry, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Nick Lowe and Huey Lewis, just to name a few.

An intended brief vacation in Australia found Carr touring with members of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Easybeats, Bondi Cigars and the Saints. His bands Big Whiskey and Hillbilly Moon (with Paul Norton and the late Rose Tattoo legend Peter Wells) both met with considerable critical acclaim.

In the mid-90's he moved behind the scenes as a producer of new and emerging artists. His awards and nominations include the 1997 Russell Morris / Crosby Sisters duet, and singles from Tanya Sullivan, Nicole Brophy, Tracy Lee Killeen and Angie Marquis, amongst others. He moved to Nashville in the late 90's, writing and performing at legendary venues as the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner and the Broken Spoke before returning to Australia in 2001 for a promo stint with Liberation Music.

After spending most of the last decade running three cafe / acoustic music venues, Carr has now returned to his recording career, with a new album promised by the end of the year. Most of his back catalog is again available, and "Footsteps", a retrospective collection from his earlier recordings is now available on CD or online through iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and others.

Cletis Carr lives in Sydney Australia. He was a contributing writer to Rockrgrl Magazine, is an obsessive cook, and knows some great jokes. He tries to collect Australian wines, but they never seem to stay in the rack very long.