Clarence Bucaro + Jo Smith

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Clarence Bucaro + Jo Smith

"Penetrative & excitingly melodic ... Intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals." - Rolling Stone

On May 18, 2018, Clarence Bucaro releases his powerful new studio album, Passionate Kind, on indie 2020 Records. Compelling and honest, the record gives a glimpse into Bucaro's inner self. The artist grips the listener with profound emotion and bares his soul telling sonic stories from raw personal experience.

Rolling Stone said of the album; “Buoyant, sometimes playful folk songwriting with a deep well of social consciousness,” and named him one of “10 Artists to Watch.”

Clarence originally hails from outside Cleveland, Ohio. When he was just twenty years old, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. On this hike, carrying a Martin backpacker, he wrote his entire first album “Sweet Corn,” which caught the attention of an Americana record label in Portland, Oregon. Soon Clarence found himself on tour with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Sta-ples playing to sold out theaters across America.

Fast forward fifteen years, eleven albums and hundreds of shows later, Bucaro continues to transport listeners with his thoughtful lyrics and carefully crafted melodies.

Since then, he has lived in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Nashville building his ca-reer. He has shared the stage with greats such as Rodney Crowell, Aaron Neville, Tony Joe White, Los Lobos, Richard Thompson and Marc Cohn.

His latest, Passionate Kind recorded at The Loft in Chicago co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) features sensational artists Chris Farney (Josh Radin) on drums, Scott Ligon (NRBQ, Mavis Staples) on piano and bass and Doug Pettibone (Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Wil-liams) on guitar. Jo Smith—named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and CMT’s Next Women of Country 2018— is a soulful and gritty songwriter from south Georgia, and she makes music that is an extension of herself. A passionate storyteller, Jo remains inspired by the countless hours she spent spinning her dad’s vast collection of vinyl records as a child growing up on her family’s cattle farm.

With the help of production super-team Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves) and Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett, Meghan Trainor), the EP Introducing Jo Smith is a modern take on an old sound, forging together the unlikely influences of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Taylor, KT Oslin and Keith Whitley. It is vulnerable and empowered, classic and fresh, and is its own brand of country music.

Jo Smith was the first female Highway Find of 2017, and the single Old School Groove became a listener favorite over the summer. Currently, Jo is enjoying taking her solo acoustic
show to audiences from Nashville to Asbury Park, while also working in the studio to finish her full-length album.