Music: The Cliftones

Reggae can be a tough sell to a Midwestern audience that’s been spoon-fed mainstream musical oatmeal long enough to forget what organic textu

click to enlarge After becoming an area live favorite, The Cliftones recently released their debut LP nationally.
After becoming an area live favorite, The Cliftones recently released their debut LP nationally.

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eggae can be a tough sell to a Midwestern audience that’s been spoon-fed mainstream musical oatmeal long enough to forget what organic texture and rhythm feels like. The Cliftones have experienced this difficulty, not to mention a certain resistance to the genre, for the entirety of their six-year existence.

“We strangely can win over people that say they really don’t like Reggae,” drummer Tim Hensley says from the control room of the Cincinnati band’s home studio, New Fidelity Sound Productions.

Lead vocalist Diedrich Jones interrupts to finish the often-heard compliment: “ ‘… But I like you guys.’ ” Read the full story here


The Cliftones play Friday at the Woodward Theater with Jess Lamb, Moira and more. Tickets/more info: woodwardtheater.com.

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