By Helen M. Orcutt
Although I had not heard of Clutch, upon further research about them I discovered that they were not a new band, they have several albums out: Transnational Speedway League (1993), The Elephant Riders (1998), Pure Rock Fury (2001), Blast Tyrant (2004), Robot Hive/Exodus (2005), From Beale Street to Oblivion (2007), Strange Cousins From The West (2009), Earth Rocker (2013). Earth Rocker will be played for those attending Rocklahoma on Memorial Day weekend in Pryor, OK. Dan Maines gave me a heads up as to what we will be in store for next weekend and I am passing it along to you!
Clutch will be on the Hard Rock Stage from 8-8:30 and will play approximately 7 songs due to the short set length. When I asked Dan what the last song would be for their set he replied, “Electric Worry or Rob Goes Wild.”
Although Rocklahoma is the biggest music festival in Oklahoma, the members of Clutch will be far from their homes in Germantown, Maryland. I had to ask if they liked small venues over festivals or the more the better. Dan was very complacent when he answered, “At a club show we are playing to our audience, but at a festival there may be people there who may not have ever heard of us, but we like them both!”
Throwing a curve ball out there, I wanted to know what his favorite junk food for on the road is and I laughed at his response of, “Doritos. I’m trying everyday to quit, but I can go through an entire bag at 2AM!” So all of you Doritos fans out there, bring Dan a bag for his journey from town to town playing for people like you and me!
Clutch has eight albums out, with the newest released two months ago. They are excited about the release of this new album, which they released on their own on an Independent label. “We enjoy playing each song off of this album live. It’s pretty great to to be on stage and we love playing live shows. Our music is our bread and butter. This is the busiest year for us!”
Artists have many ways of expressing their thoughts and feelings through music. Be it through the melody or through the unique cords and drum solos or through the combination of them and the light show that they provide during their performances. I have been privileged to see many different bands play throughout my life and my career and someone is always touched by a song or by the artist extended their hand out to them during a concert. That kindness makes their love for their music and their fans prevalent and makes my job one of the best to have!
We tend to get stuck in our own little worlds when it comes to music, but when we step outside of that tiny world, we see that there is a bigger world out there that is filled will all sorts of music. Music that fits every type of person and personality, with the occasional music that crosses genre and broadens all of our outlook on music.
Dan said, “See you at 8 or be square!”