Cliff Westfall is the newfangled style.
Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, addiction, pain… You know, funny songs. Consider this plea, from a character who lost more than just a drug habit when he went into rehab: "No more Jacks and no more Jills/We go together just like booze and pills/So let's fall off the wagon once again." Or this from a man willing to accept just about anything to hold onto his beloved: "You can cuss my favorite uncle/I'll take that on the chin/Stay out all night and tell me that your grandma died again/I'll play the fool."
Cliff Westfall can turn on a dime.
And he can turn the same subjects away from flashy, uptempo electrified honky tonk and into gorgeous-but-heartbreaking territory, as in the lush, countrypolitan "More and More" -- "There was a time when I could not resist your sweet caress/But more and more I love you less and less."
New album "Baby You Win"
Westfall's new record, the soon-to-be-released Baby You Win, reflects a broad palette of country and near-country influences over thirteen tracks, from the Yoakam-like flash of leadoff track "It Hurt Her to Hurt Me," to the swampy, Bobbie-Gentry-on-a-bender vibe of the closer "The Odds Were Good," with stops in between on bluesy rockers ("Off the Wagon," "I'll Play the Fool"), the country-meets-surf of the title track "Baby You Win," 70s-era Jerry Lee Lewis on "Till the Right One Comes Along" (backed by a killer piano turn from Springsteen keyboardist Charlie Giordano). Plus stops in Laurel Canyon ("The Man I Used to Be"), Sun Records-era Memphis ("Now and Then"), and some seedy jazz dive of the mind ("Sweet Tooth for You"). All killer, no filler...
Backed by an ace crew of some of the best musicians in New York City, and recorded with renowned producer Bryce Goggin (The Ramones, Antony and the Johnsons, Pavement)...
Cliff Westfall is the world's #1-ranked pound-for-pound country singer and songwriter (male division).
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