Friday, September 20, 2013

We Love YouTube...and The Cleverlys


I was recently scouring YouTube for local and regional rock bands native to the Rocky Mountain region. After searching no fewer than 30 pages of content, I was completely dissatisfied and disgusted. Either the rumors are true that Colorado is pretty lacking in musical talent, or we are home to one of the largest collections of non-SEOed rock band videos in North America.

After more than an hour of looking, I abandoned my search string and tried something totally random—piano rock band plus bluegrass cover. The video below from The Cleverlys came up in the results list and I was instantly intrigued. Either their version of The Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" would be completely pathetic or mind blowing and amazing. At this point, I had no tolerance for something that fell in between.

Having been alive to recall the original tune being played on the jukebox at a local restaurant, and currently residing in the host city of the Flying W Wranglers, I was on pins and needles as the video buffered. I couldn't have been more awestruck by what I witnessed unfold before my eyes, as one of the most polished and technically superb bluegrass groups crafted such an unlikely version of an 80s classic.

Adding to my impression was the revelation that the musician playing the upright bass is blind. Multi-talented, synchronous, creative, and unexpected? I am an instant fan.



—A.Hunt, SPCS Records

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