New album "Waiting on the Wind"
featuring Neal Casal and Ron Block
In a few short years, Singer-Songwriter Debby Clinkenbeard has gone from a dedicated dreamer performing for tourists on the dusty streets of a California ghost town, to releasing two albums, with the latest being a dream realized. The latest offering not only features 10 new original songs, but also twenty-two times Grammy Award winning Bluegrass phenom Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station) and prominently featuring Neal Casal (Ryan Adams, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Hard Working Americans) on every song singing sweet harmonies and offering his signature guitar sound. While her debut album (Winter Trees) is more Bluegrass-inspired, the new album could be called the Grateful Dead meets Alt-Country with a bit of Bluegrass for good measure. She has performed on both coasts and in-between at venues such as The Knitting Factory in NYC, a long-term residency at Calico Ghost Town Regional Park in CA and, legendary Texas venue, The Anderson Fair. Quietly sweeping through towns and winning fans over with her insightful songwriting and warm, authentic vocals, it’s easy to tell this isn’t about fame. The intention is more about letting art itself prosper. After a short 2015 Texas tour in support of Waiting on the Wind, she will be embarking on a 5 state tour in fall of 2016 with stops in Ann Arbor, Columbus, Louisville, Nashville, and Memphis.
Originally from the High Desert of California, Debby Clinkenbeard has found much inspiration in its open starry skies and multicolored sunsets. Her music has been described as ‘the heart and bones of Americana fleshed out with modern poetic sensibilities’ and compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell. She has performed on both coasts and in-between at venues such as The Knitting Factory in NYC; Calico Ghost Town Regional Park in CA; and the legendary Houston, TX Venue, The Anderson Fair. Her debut album Winter Trees was a good foundation to showcase an abundance of natural talent. The 10 original songs came to life with the help of producer and engineer Eric Uglum (Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek), Austin Ward (bass), Christian Ward (fiddle) and Roger Gillespie (drums and percussion). The album is steeped with thoughtfully layered with artistically crafted lyrics, catchy yet timeless melodies, and a lush, warm voice that has been called “as good as it gets.” From the more traditional ‘Jesse & Jack’ and ‘The Homecoming’ to the more contemporary ‘Again’ and ‘Jonah’, the album has something for anyone who loves music. It is one to listen to over and over again discovering something new each time.
In 2015 Debby released her second album, Waiting on the Wind, prominently featuring Neal Casal (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans) and with a guest appearance by Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station). Her sound has evolved to reflect her love for the Joshua Tree Indie music scene supported by Casal’s virtuoso, California cool guitar tone. Ron Block has commented on her “Amazing vocals” and Neal Casal has called her “One of the best songwriters I know.”
A 2015 tour of Texas kicked off the new album’s debut and more shows are in the works for 2016 including Austin and Nashville.
November 11, 2015 JP Hops House, Houston, TX
November 12, 2015 The Anderson Fair, Houston TX
November 13, 2015 Private Event, Houston TX
November 14, 2015 House Concert, Houston, TX
November 15, 2015 Live on KPFT: Songwriter's Studio
February 13-14, 2016 Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment
w/ Eric Uglum
May 14, 2016 Private Event