King Clarentz Soph
These 13 tracks, laid down with drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks of the Skeletons in late 2007, are truly true-to-live, and full of the King's unique reflections on topics such as hurricane parties, sex, death, and, of course, Republicans.
"Pea Vine Whistle" and "Empire State" showcase his ability to make even the most traditional songs his own. And "Martha Stewart" and "New GOP" take it even further with modern, witty, yet timeless lyrics. The CD's comic-book-style packaging, designed by renowned visionary San Francisco artist Aaron Farmer, (SF Weekly and Bill Graham Presents/Fillmore Auditorium), illustrates the unique vision behind the words to "Supermodel," which was inspired by one of the King's many trips to 29 Palms, California. A PDF of the comic-booklet is available with full-album downloads on iTunes.
The late Cub Koda (esteemed music writer, blues enthusiast, and author of the song "Smokin' in the Boys Room"), praised King on AllMusic.com as "a modern artist with much to say and a beautifully raucous way of saying it." A natural-born entertainer, King has been flying slightly below the industry radar for more than 30 years. A musician and visual artist, not to mention actor, he has many talents, but his true calling is music.
His first commercial release, King Clarentz, came out in 1999 on HighTone Records. An enthusiastic Blues Revue commented that his "astute observations are couched in a galloping rock-framework that borders on classic punk, but the keening full-chord slide work is pure blues." Day of the Supermodel delivers that same Delta blues style while branching out into rawer, grungier terrain.
Super Sweet founder, Deb Letner and King Clarentz first met when Letner was employed at HighTone Records and King was a HighTone artist. Super Sweet Records, whose credo is "It's all about the music," was formed in 2006 with the goal of helping musicians, like King, become full-time artists. Their shared vision kept them in touch over the years, and King Clarentz is now, happily, the first artist signed to Letner's new label.
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