CHELY WRIGHT, 9-11pm
Chely Wright rose to fame as a commercial country singer in the ’90s, and has since released eight studio albums and charted more than 15 singles on the Billboard charts. The Academy of Country Music named Wright “Top New Female Vocalist of 1995.” Her first hit came in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive,” followed two years later by her first number one single, “Single White Female,” and in 2005 “The Bumper of My S.U.V.” In 2010, Chely Wright released her eighth album, Lifted Off the Ground produced by Rodney Crowell, revealing a dramatic artistic transformation and emerging as a singer songwriter of the first order. Chely made history by being the first country music star to publicly come out as gay, which she revealed in her 2010 memoir entitled “Like Me,” published by Random House. In 2016, Wright released her critically- acclaimed studio album entitled I Am The Rain, produced by Joe Henry. The end of 2018 saw the release of the holiday EP Santa Will Find You, which No Depression called the “warmest, most-family oriented” of recent holiday records. Chely released a new Americana EP entitled Revival in May of 2019.
KYLE AUSTIN, 7-8:30pm
West Philadelphia, born and raised. On a playground is where I spent most of my days. Chilling out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool. Shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.
Ok, but really.
Kyle is a Kansas born musician. He was raised on traditional country passed down from his grandfather. He moved to Lawrence, KS straight out of high school, and has been performing music since.
With a highly inclusive setlist, Kyle plays a variety of genres at his shows, while also performing his country originals.
Clevermax began playing in 1980 – mostly 60’s and 70’s rock n roll.
We have been fortunate to play for many people over the years in some great venues. We are:
Dave Bailey – Guitar and Vocals – Dave was one of the original band members and is our fearless leader. He has played with many great musicians and done extensive recording with local artists.
Larry Burkdoll – Bass and vocals – Larry started Clevermax with Dave. He has been a student of Bass styles for many years and is hoping to graduate soon.
Michael Douglas – Drums and vocals – Michael has played with a number of local bands from ‘The Coachmen’ to the ‘Phaders’.
Bobby Simms – Keyboards, Harmonica and vocals – Bobby was a founding member of ‘Bubba Hyde’ and played in Branson with a great gospel quartet.
This the best Clevermax yet! We have expanded our musical range to include classic rock, modern country, and music of unknown genres. We look forward to playing for of you.