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    This self-titled recording is the first for this bluegrassy Americana band. The work is all-original, written by mandolin player, Jim Wheatley, with co-writing help by guitarist and lead vocalist, Lea Cockrell on several songs.  This first effort from Ida Clare is something different. It will make you want to dance, make you think, and give you reason for hope. This new music is more than just a recording, more than just some new songs, it’s an experience.

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    Performing Ida Clare original, Hold On, in the 2017 John Hartford Memorial Festival band contest.


    New music from Ida Clare

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    Ida Clare has announced their new CD will be released on March 26, 2018. This self-titled recording is the first for this bluegrassy Americana band. The work is all-original, written by mandolin player, Jim Wheatley, with co-writing help by guitarist and lead vocalist, Lea Cockrell on several songs.

    We started out as kind of a jam band, Wheatley says, just having fun. Then I wrote a few tunes and the band wanted to play them. When musicians like that want to play your songs you get to work. It was very exciting when we started working up the originals. That really focused me on writing. Now everyone in the band is calling me with ideas. 

    Some of the songs are poignant like the opening number, Hold On that Wheatley wrote about his Mother’s battle with Alzheimers. The beginning line has the listener thinking of a prisoner lying in bed dreaming of a prison break. The analogy changes to that of a refugee lost in a foreign land as we consider the indiscriminate aspects of fate. There are other very personal songs on the CD including Don’t Let Me Go that Wheatley wrote about meeting his wife for the first time, and You’re Not There, a song co-written by Lea Cockrell, of a favorite customer from her coffee shop. After his unexpected passing, Lea said, I was behind the counter one morning and I looked up to where he used to sit and thought I saw him. The melody and the first verse came to me almost immediately. 

    The work is eclectic. There is no shortage of music to get you up on your feet. Around The Town, an instrumental, gives Wheatley and banjo player, Robin Thixton, a moment to shine. The swingy Honey Man with a great walking bass provided by Mark Miller will make you want to grab your partner for a quick jive. Songs like No Time Like The Present and Time Traveler tell of the infinite force of time, the uncertainty of reality and the wisdom and understanding that come from experience. 

    This first effort from Ida Clare is something different. It will make you want to dance, make you think, and give you reason for hope. This new music is more than just a recording, more than just some new songs, it’s an experience.