The group takes on the pose of a family band, led by a Digger Cleverly, Sr. who plays guitar and sings lead. When the group first emerged a few years ago, he was accompanied by his two sons, Digger Jr, and Digger Jr.Jr. Now he is assisted by his “brothers” Vernon Dean “VD” Cleverly on banjo, and Munk on mandolin, with Ricky Lloyd on bass, his sister Delva’s boy.
The set up is ripe for rural humor, and that’s what these boys deliver. Having built an audience primarily through their mishmash videos, taking recently popular songs and giving them an over-the-top grassification, The Cleverlys have reformed after a hiatus, and are ready to get to work.
That brings Moonstruck into the mix. Their management and booking services have brought great gains to a number of bluegrass, old time, and acoustic country acts. Lonesome River Band has seen their career revitalized in the last few years, party due to the work of the Moonstruck team. They also represent top artists like IIIrd Tyme Out, The Church Sisters, NewTown, and Dave Atkins.
Depending on your threshold for silliness, you may find The Cleverlys routine hilarious, or simply heretical. Either way, bluegrass can only benefit from bringing new people in through humor.
Moonstruck principal Josh Trivett says that he is delighted to bring them into the fold.
“I have been a fan of The Cleverly’s for the last 4-5 years. Their stage show is one of the most entertaining and well-crafted shows in music today. I booked them for the 2016 Huck Finn Festival in California that Moonstruck Management was organizing. Once again, we watched them wow a crowd like no other band. I was so excited when Digger called me back in September and couldn’t be more excited about the future.”
Their current album, Cash Crop, is available in iTunes.
New videos have featured the boys’ original material as well, all available for viewing online.