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British blues guitarist Mick Clarke

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New Single Release: Carole King's 'Goin' Back'. Click for details
Radio downloads available at Airplay Direct and Bandcamp.

British blues guitarist Mick Clarke at Blues.Gr Read the new interview from Blues.Gr
Thanks to Michael Limnios.

British blues guitarist Mick Clarke at Simply The Blues, Mumbai, India Read the new interview from Global Blues. Thanks to Luke Wolk.

Previous release: the 6 track EP 'The Blues, Man, the Blues' - now remixed and re-released. click for full info

The EP has reached No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Rock Airplay Chart and No. 11 on their main international Blues Chart. Still currently on the UK album airplay chart - thanks to all those presenters who are playing tracks from it.

Review from Blues Town Music, Netherlands by Peter Marinus

Mick Clarke is simply unstoppable! And we can only be happy about that as long as Mick releases one great blues rock release after another.

Now he comes with the EP 'The Blues, Man, The Blues'.

A title coming from Hound Dog Taylor. After he sighed “I Got It” during a concert and a fan asked what he had, the statement came The Blues, Man, The Blues…

The EP contains five covers and one of Mick's own songs. All songs on the EP are stripped of any kind of frills so that the pure raw essence of the blues remains.

Opening with the J.B. Lenoir cover 'I Sing Um The Way I Feel'. A song on which Mick has poured a boogie sauce with a nice unpolished result in which Mick's ingenious piercing guitar comes out well. The next cover is Howlin' Wolf's 'I Asked For Water', which sounds raw, brooding and funky with nasty biting guitar work this time.

'Doing The Best' I Can could be known for Elvis Presley's performance. The song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman and is in the hands of Mick Clarke, a lazily pumping blues in which Mick lets his guitar flame and scrape hard.

Then Mick's very own 'Mizzable Blues'. A lazy raw boogie, which stomps through nicely. Tampa Red's Baby Please Don't Throw Me Down has been put into a soggy boogie version with Mick's roaring slide guitar.

Finally, Mick Freddie King's 'Love Her With A Feeling' gives a very loving and soulful treatment.

A wonderful unpolished blues EP from Mick Clarke that eases the wait for the next Mick Clarke release. But knowing Mick Clarke we probably won't have to wait long for a next release

Track 1: 'I Sing Um the Way I Feel' now on rotation on BB King's Bluesville channel, Sirius XM - also the earlier single release 'Fine and Dandy'.

British blues guitarist Mick Clarke on AMI Jukeboxes Recent releases are also available on AMI Jukeboxes - over 30,000 outlets across North America.

The new album 'Telegram' was released online on Friday 16th September.

The album was 6 weeks at No.1 on the Roots Music Report UK album airplay chart and reached No. 10 on their main international blues album chart. Click for full info.

“Mick Clarke is a bluesman thru & thru. You know with each release, he’s gonna give you something new and exciting. His latest, TELEGRAM, is what the listeners of my blues radio show have been waiting for. Mick NEVER disappoints…Welcome back!”
Cornel Bogdan

And official Telegram T Shirts now available! From our friends at RePsychMyFire and Redbubble, a complete range of official Telegram merch. Follow the 'Explore More Styles' link for a range of shirts, mugs, hats and lots more!

Meanwhile, in India .. our 2013 album 'Ramdango' is now showing in the Hungama Artist Aloud Rock Top 20. Many thanks to our friends in Mumbai, Bangalore and all across the subcontinent.

British blues guitarist Mick Clarke, new 3 album 2 CD release from BGO Records. Photo by Heinz Rufli.
OUT NOW! New 3 album 2 CD release from BGO Records -38 tracks freshly remastered. Click for full details.
Photo by Heinz Rufli.

Mick's Blog

Hi -

I'm currently enjoying making new music here at Fabulous Rockfold Studio, deep in the Surrey Badlands. Regular releases - new single just released Friday 5th May.

It occurs to me that a new visitor to my music might be confused about what I do.. blues stuff in a variety of styles mixed in with remakes of 60s pop songs and God knows what.

From 1968 to 2019 I was a full time on the road blues rockin' guitar player, and latterly a band leader. I'm still open to the right offer, but generally I enjoy making music in my own small recording studio here on the Surrey / Sussex borderland and releasing it online.

And while my first love will always be playing blues guitar, I also love putting together anything that takes my fancy, from garage rock to corny country songs. Happily it seems that people accept the twists and turns of my muse. (Most of the time). Yes it's a bit mad. But I like to keep busy.

Generally I try to give my 'official' albums a more focussed blues / rock direction. And with some success - the recent EP 'The Blues, Man, the Blues' was number one on the International Blues Rock Airplay charts, and the album 'Telegram' was number one on the UK Album Airplay Chart for six weeks.

Meanwhile my remakes of classics such as 'Freight Train' and 'Blues Stay Away From Me' are doing well, and there are more blues and retro pop releases in the pipeline.

So .. here's to continuing success in 2023 - More news to follow. Blues guitarist Mick Clarke 72nd birthday - a beach in Sussex, England

Mick's 72nd birthday - Shoreham Beach, West Sussex. Photo by Linda Cooper.

Our music is available all over the world, but sadly I have to support major distributors Spotify, Apple and others in withdrawing their services from Russia as part of international sanctions until Ukraine is a free country once again. Spotify are great - Apple - why I am still being streamed in Moscow?!! So for any Russians who might be reading this - you're a great nation, but tell your boss to get the Hell out of Ukraine!

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And finally - just to avoid confusion. There are, naturally enough, other Mick Clarkes out there - notably Mick Clarke of the Rubettes and Mick Clarke, guitarist with Long John Baldry, who has the dot.Net website.

I release my music exclusively online these days, so my online identity is important to me. But there seems to be more and more confusion, particularly on Youtube and Facebook, so please be sure of whom you're listening to, or reading posts of.

I rarely post anything on 'Social Media' these days, other than the occasional announcement of new releases. Generally the best source of info is right here on mickclarke.com. Do check in regularly!