New kid from Walsall puts fresh leather on troubadour boot

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Clarkesville – The Half Chapter

Adapting his songwriting lead from Bob Dylan, young Michael Clarke could become a player soon. He’s won friends and influenced people touring with Ron Sexsmith and Kings Of Leon, thanks to an innate knowledge of balladry and that elusive personal/universal touch. “Evergreen”, ‘Moonflowers” and “Last Man Standing” are exceptional, his pristine vocals meshing into understated loops and updated West Coast grooves. An addictive debut.