Burly Clyde “Southern Belle”
Burly Clyde is a new school country and southern rock band, the realization of the vision of singer/songwriter/musician Buck Johnson, who hails from the back roads of Shady Grove, Alabama, just outside Birmingham.
At the age of four Buck began touring with his family, singing Gospel music throughout the South. Since then he has performed in churches, bars, festivals and concert halls.
He has had the privilege of touring and recording with such notable artists as: The Doobie Brothers, Tal Bachman, John Waite, Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles.
As a songwriter, Buck has been influenced by the music he grew up with, namely Country, Gospel, Blues and Rock and co-wrote the international hit single for Carlos Santana “Just Feel Better,” featuring Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.
In 2006 Buck joined the Country band Whiskey Falls, which released its debut album in September of 2007 on Midas Records featuring the Country Top 40 hit singles “Last Train Running” and “Falling Into You.”
After extensive touring with Whiskey Falls, Buck was inspired to start a new musical project that reflected his life journey with all its ups and downs. Songs like “Enjoying The Ride” and ”Live For The Song” describe the musical road of a “lifer” singer-songwriter/musician with all the twists and turns. “Country Rockin’ and Reelin’” and “Days Of Birmingham” talk about his musical roots, influences, where he’s from and the musical place he lives today. ”Southern Belle,” a fun, CCR-influenced romp, is about the attraction to a beautiful, and fiery Southern woman. And “After All These Years” is an emotional ballad about the love shared with and commitment he has to his wife beautiful Kym.
The name of the project, Burly Clyde, is taken from his full given name Burleigh Clyde Johnson, Jr., after his father who was named for the Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Burleigh Grimes, the last pitcher in baseball allowed to throw the spitball.
Burly Clyde, the band, consists of the world class musicians Buck has been recording and playing with in Nashville, TN. There are also guest-appearances on the recordings from notable musicians like Kenny Aronoff on drums, Waddy Wachtel on guitar and Stuart Duncan on fiddle.
All the songs were written by the writing team of Buck Johnson and producer/songwriter Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Jamie Johnson, Cher, Hillary Duff), with additional collaborations on “Enjoying The Ride” and “Live For The Song,” with hit Nashville songwriter James Dean Hicks (“Goodbye Time”, Blake Shelton, “Jesus And Mama,” Confederate Railroad, “National Woman’s Working Holiday,” Sammy Kershaw). Burly Clyde is produced by producer/mixer Mark Needham (Chris Issak, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers) and Charlie Midnight.