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From playing in clubs and bars to becoming a prolific songwriter, Tony Clarke has been perfecting his craft for many years now. His deep tones now pursue the country scene, and his latest album, Good Mornin’ Mr Mornin’ is a mixture of upbeat country songs and ballads.
A self-taught guitarist, Tony started performing at various holidays camps in his teens, and went on to play clubs and venues around the UK. He then joined another guitarist and toured the club scene in a two-piece band, Stampede, singing rock-and-roll country classics and, of course, Tony’s own music. Tony then realised that he wanted to sing and perform his own songs, so he went solo again.
Musical influences came from his parents. They played music all the time at home and he was brought up on Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his father’s love of hillbilly music with Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Charlie Pride and Patsy Cline.
When his father died in early 2012, Tony wrote Here Comes that Song Again for him, and he hasn’t put down his pen since, even remixing some songs that are over 20 years old to give them a more modern spin.