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Cyrus Clarke Music

Cyrus Clarke Music Cyrus Clarke is a performer, songwriter, guitarist, and educator. He has played professionally since ninety-seventy two and has performed throughout California, the West, and Hawaii.

He currently resides in western Santa Barbara County with his wife, Meeg Cyrus Clarke is a songwriter and guitarist. He has been touring and performing in California for almost 50 years. He is a founding member of The Cache Valley Drifters, The Acousticats, The Cyrus Clarke Band, and also performs as a solo artist. Cyrus has recorded over a dozen albums.

General Manager: Meegan Clarke

Operating as usual

Tonite…!
09/09/2022

Tonite…!

09/07/2022
Can I go dad?
09/01/2022

Can I go dad?

Cyrus ClarkeRED TAIL HAWK written by George SchroederBrick Barn SessionWestern edge of Santa Ynez ValleyI recall listeni...
08/28/2022
Cyrus Clarke RED TAIL HAWK written by George Schroeder Clarke and Ranch Recording

Cyrus Clarke
RED TAIL HAWK written by George Schroeder
Brick Barn Session
Western edge of Santa Ynez Valley

I recall listening to Kate Wolf and the Wildwood Flower perform this song at a restaurant somewhere along the Russian River. Don Coffin and Paul Ellis were in the band and their sound was fantastic.

I was always struck by the sound of the harmonica and violin and taken by Kate’s voice. The song was somewhere between shade and sun in a cool California canyon, filling the clear, warm sky.

It’s a Proustian madeleine in song.



https://www.spacetractorsessions.hearnow.com/the-space-tractor-sessions

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/calsong

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/upcountry-skies

https://thecyrusclarkeband.hearnow.com/b-stories

https://thecyrusclarkeexpedition.hearnow.com/road-to-california

https://www.facebook.com/ranchomaui/

https://www.facebook.com/ranchrecording

Recorded music and video are copyright 2020 by Ranch Recording. All rights universally maintained.

https://youtu.be/v1nfUrRUvlQ

Cyrus ClarkeRED TAIL HAWK written by George SchroederBrick Barn Session A California classic written by George Schroeder, recorded by Kate Wolf, and of cours...

Incredible song written by an incredible songwriter, Wendy Liepman.Music from the central coast of California.
08/25/2022
Poison

Incredible song written by an incredible songwriter, Wendy Liepman.

Music from the central coast of California.


Provided to YouTube by CDBabyPoison · The Cyrus Clarke ExpeditionThe Road To California℗ 2003 Ranch RecordingReleased on: 2003-01-01Auto-generated by YouTube.

Cyrus Clarke Carpinteria Session I Shall Be Released written by Bob Dylan This is one of those songs that will never dis...
08/24/2022
I Shall Be Released written by Bob Dylan Clarke and Ranch Recording

Cyrus Clarke
Carpinteria Session
I Shall Be Released written by Bob Dylan

This is one of those songs that will never disappear from human life.

It speaks to us on so many different levels.



https://www.spacetractorsessions.hearnow.com/the-space-tractor-sessions

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/calsong

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/upcountry-skies

https://thecyrusclarkeband.hearnow.com/b-stories

https://thecyrusclarkeexpedition.hearnow.com/road-to-california

https://www.facebook.com/ranchomaui/

https://www.facebook.com/ranchrecording

Recorded music and video are copyright 2020 by Ranch Recording. All rights universally maintained.

Cyrus Clarke Carpinteria Session I Shall Be Released written by Bob Dylan This is one of those songs that will never disappear from human life.It speaks to u...

Twang Men
08/20/2022

Twang Men

Coming up this weekend…flights all week…please join us and fly in for a righteous buzz and a tune or two!
08/18/2022

Coming up this weekend…flights all week…please join us and fly in for a righteous buzz and a tune or two!

08/17/2022

And now a message from our sponsors…

CyMan COLD COLD HEART written by Hank WilliamsCold Spring Tavern7.23.22I love playing this song mostly because it’s a gr...
08/09/2022
Cold Cold Heart written by Hank Williams Clarke and Ranch Recording

CyMan
COLD COLD HEART written by Hank Williams
Cold Spring Tavern
7.23.22

I love playing this song mostly because it’s a great song but also because it was a song that was in my mom‘s repertoire when she was a nightclub singer in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

Pretty damn cool to be playing a song that was in my mom’s set.



https://www.spacetractorsessions.hearnow.com/the-space-tractor-sessions

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/calsong

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/upcountry-skies

https://thecyrusclarkeband.hearnow.com/b-stories

https://thecyrusclarkeexpedition.hearnow.com/road-to-california

https://www.facebook.com/ranchomaui/

https://www.facebook.com/ranchrecording

Recorded music and video are copyright 2020 by Ranch Recording. All rights universally maintained.

https://youtu.be/DMLklb8KVVM

CyMan COLD COLD HEART written by Hank WilliamsCold Spring Tavern7.23.22I love playing this song mostly because it’s a great song but also because it was a s...

This Saturday in downtown Lompoc town…
08/04/2022

This Saturday in downtown Lompoc town…

Hallelujah…we have finally found our master tapes!It was a long journey to discover where this music existed, but basica...
08/03/2022

Hallelujah…we have finally found our master tapes!

It was a long journey to discover where this music existed, but basically our Flying Fish Records are owned by Universal Music. One of the subsidiaries of Universal Music, Craft Recordings, is responsible for releasing this music.

We’ve been talking to the folks over there about the remastering and so forth. It looks like the project is going to go ahead.

It might be a year or so before it’s released online. That is due to the volume of material they are working on and the fact that they only have one mastering engineer.

We are very excited…!!

We released all of these records under a different title but had to remove our presence online because of copyright issues concerning Universal. It has ended up to be a no problem because they’ve been fabulous and super cool about getting this music back out there.

If for some reason these recordings can’t be retrieved, we have our remastered back ups which Craft has agreed to consider to release.

Either way, the music of the original Cache Valley Drifters will have a place in digital eternity.

08/02/2022

Workingman’s Dead is the greatest American album of songs ever…a compendium of brilliance…

Me and the fellas plus Rosie playing some classic California Americana…     https://www.spacetractorsessions.hearnow.com...
08/02/2022
Dire Wolf

Me and the fellas plus Rosie playing some classic California Americana…



https://www.spacetractorsessions.hearnow.com/the-space-tractor-sessions

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/calsong

https://cyrusclarke.hearnow.com/upcountry-skies

https://thecyrusclarkeband.hearnow.com/b-stories

https://thecyrusclarkeexpedition.hearnow.com/road-to-california

https://www.facebook.com/ranchomaui/

https://www.facebook.com/ranchrecording

Recorded music and video are copyright 2020 by Ranch Recording. All rights universally maintained.

https://youtu.be/dmi3A7ffESs

Provided to YouTube by CDBabyDire Wolf · The Cyrus Clarke ExpeditionThe Road To California℗ 2003 Ranch RecordingReleased on: 2003-01-01Auto-generated by YouT...

Coming up this weekend…flights all day
08/01/2022

Coming up this weekend…flights all day

This Saturday in beautiful downtown Lompoc Town…if music be the w**d of love, smoke on…
07/31/2022

This Saturday in beautiful downtown Lompoc Town…if music be the w**d of love, smoke on…

Hey everybody, I’ll be playing at Cold Spring Tavern this Saturday, July 23 from 130 until 430.Join up for great music a...
07/19/2022

Hey everybody, I’ll be playing at Cold Spring Tavern this Saturday, July 23 from 130 until 430.

Join up for great music and wonderful food in the mountains behind Santa Barbara.

Stagecoaches all day…

07/19/2022
The Original Cache Valley DriftersRAMBLIN’ ‘ROUND Positively 4th StreetCache Valley Drifters LIVE  Daniels, 1981It might...
06/16/2022
Original Cache Valley Drifters RAMBLIN’ ‘ROUND by Woody Guthrie Clarke and Ranch Recording

The Original Cache Valley Drifters
RAMBLIN’ ‘ROUND
Positively 4th Street
Cache Valley Drifters LIVE Daniels, 1981

It might be safe to say the original Cache Valley Drifters were the first acoustic group from California to tour Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington DC, and the East Coast. We started it up in 1975 and every year, at least once a year, until the band didn’t exist anymore, we would travel to the East Coast and tour for a month or so.

We were rocketing into national obscurity and loving every minute of it.

In 1981 we had an opportunity to perform at the legendary club, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. The club is still in existence and operated by Dave Fry (a legend himself); still producing wonderful music.

Dave recently gave us a board mix of our performance. We took it to our friends at Lurssen Mastering to clean it up a bit and this happened. We have a whole set’s worth of material, to include one of the best Cumberland Blues that we ever performed. Later on that.

This is a little tune written by Woody Guthrie which pretty much emblemizes our existence at the time.

We hope you enjoy this music because we enjoyed the hell out of playing it especially the part about driving all over the United States to make it.

The Original Cache Valley DriftersRAMBLIN’ ‘ROUND Positively 4th StreetCache Valley Drifters LIVE Daniels, 1981It might be safe to say the original ...

Playing music  Markets this Saturday 6:30 to 10:30. 1101 E. Ocean Ave. in beautiful downtown Lompoc Town…CU there…!
06/14/2022

Playing music Markets this Saturday 6:30 to 10:30. 1101 E. Ocean Ave. in beautiful downtown Lompoc Town…CU there…!

My family and I hope everybody’s having a fine weekend. Here is another jolly tale from the Drifter trail about the pion...
05/29/2022

My family and I hope everybody’s having a fine weekend. Here is another jolly tale from the Drifter trail about the pioneer days of acoustic music in California…

DRIFTER BANJO

Five bucks worth of gas......that’s how much it took to drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. Five bucks and several hours of slowmoving VW bug time.

David and I were playing music, making money, and having a great time doing it. We’d play our gigs on the south coast and every couple weeks climb in the bug and do a bluegrass commando raid on street venues in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Ninteeen seventy-two was a heady time in the Bay Area and things were cranking in the music business there. The Dead were kings of the underworld and acoustic music was expoding like a field of lupen. It was a place to be if you were interested in playing, recording, and promoting music in California.

We lived in Santa Barbara, the lovely, refined lady torn between two great cities. We had choices, but it was an easy decision to head north.

We played some memorable dates in Los Angeles but LA never jived with the band as a place to perform or even hang out. It was an industry town and our end of the industry hadn’t arrived yet.

Instead it became our habit to cruise the mostly empty three hundred thirty miles up to the City.

The road began in downtown Santa Barbara and went through the Santa Ynez Valley to San Luis Obispo; Paso Robles to Salinas; King City to San Jose up the peninsula, into San Francisco.

It was a beautiful drive every time of day or year. Highway 101 was sparsely populated with circus performers, farmers, hippies, truckers, red tail hawks, live oaks, golden rolling hills, and a genuine two lane blacktop blood alley between Gilroy and Santa Clara.

We saw lots of sunrises and sunsets on the 101, spending thousands of miles trying to buy experience and chops. But it was camaraderie, making the drive, and playing great music together that made it worthwhile.

However, a quick reality check. We were still in grade school on this deal....really green.

Our folksy acoustic act, which was growing and featured originals as well as contemporary folk expressions, included only a sawbuck of bluegrass songs where Dave played banjo and I played guitar.

It was a short street show, full of energy. The moneymaker was “Dueling Banjos” from the hit movie, “Deliverance.”

The remainders were “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, and “Long, Black Veil” and various acoustic jewels. David sounded great on his Kay banjo. He knew what he had to do and got the job done.

Strangely, we actually knew very little about traditional bluegrass music.

David grew up in Tustin, California and Cyrus hailed from Florida by way of Boston. We didn’t hear music on grandpappy’s knee. Our primary influences came from movies, radio, television, and live performances in coffeehouses.

We both heard “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” at the same time, twenty-five hundred miles apart. It was the theme song and top forty smash from the 1967 blockbuster movie, “Bonnie and Clyde.”

The Drifters were first generation products of a postwar creative environment which produced different styles of music, art, fashion, and electronic media. It was pre-internet and a time of American cultural preeminence.

For us, bluegrass music featured the fastest and most accurate acoustic picking in the country. Those elements, plus its deep traditions and amazing artists, made it a logical choice for exploration. It was musical truth.

Our repertoire grew upward from those busking days in San Francisco. Bluegrass was an important chapter in the story but we were involved in writing a book of songs which ultimately included several Americana styles.

One last note about the busk...on an early, memorable trip north, Dave and I blew a piston rod in our VW van (we graduated from the bug). It happened just a little north of Salinas; a loud bang and then the sound of pistons grinding themselves into metal burger.

Once a rod is blown in a Volkswagen, the only choice is to, very, very quickly, find a place to pull over. The vehicle becomes instantly, completely nonfunctional and wherever it stops is where it will be stored until it can be towed.

The unintended consequence of this was that we were now on a hitchhiking busking tour of the bay area.

Yeah, with the guitars and stuff. It was a golden, character building moment.

This particular sojourn continued to have special meaning.

On the morning of New Year’s Day, 1973, we found ourselves trying to hitch out of Berkeley. We survived but it required twenty-two hours of hitchhiking and many minutes of silent introspection.

That was the worst of it.

David and I made a lot of money on those busking trips. We also cemented our song concepts and ended up meeting and playing music with many friends and colleagues.

And, as the adventures multiplied and our sound became refined, it turned out that the time honored American way of discovery, hitting the road and heading somewhere else, was the beginning of a journey which had no end.

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