Clair’s debut album, They Called Him Jesus, was released in late 2012. It was warmly greeted by fans of traditional bluegrass, with more than a taste of the Larry Sparks sound that Jeff helped create during his time with Sparks’ band.
Touring now with his own group, Half Past Lonesome, Clair is keeping it old school with Ken Blanton on mandolin, Mitch Bentley on bass, and Rex Patrick on banjo. Jeff plays guitar and songs lead.
Randall Deaton with Lonesome Day says he has had his eye on this talented young artist for some time.
“I have known Jeff Clair sense he was 14 years old. We both grew up in the same county in Eastern Kentucky. Jeff’s love for bluegrass music and his dedication to using music to give back to his community are second to none.
I look forward to helping Jeff take the next step in his music career. I believe that Jeff will be creating fresh new music that will help keep bluegrass music alive and well for years to come.”
Deaton says that they will start work on a new Half Past Lonesome record this Fall, with a release loosely projected for early in 2014.