On Friday, November 15th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with The Commonheart on Open Air.
Bandleader Clinton Clegg is a large presence on stage with a voice to match, growling and shouting his way through the sweet groove generated by the huge band behind him. Clegg didn’t grow up in a Baptist church, and his soul machine of an ensemble isn’t pushing religion. But, the Pittsburgh-based collective is offering feel-good positivity, golden rule messaging, and sweat-soaked performances that nimbly ease through blues, vintage soul, and rock.
The nonet is bonded by familial-like ties and a desire to foster spiritual uplift with songs that inspire and promote positivity. Among the band are female backup singers, drums, bass, guitar, a horn section, and keyboards - each member a highly skilled musician putting solo exploits on the shelf in order to fit into a greater good. Out front is Clinton, a charismatic front man with dynamically expressive pipes that effortlessly traverse bluesy pleading, and honeyed balladeering.
“This band is therapy for me to bring myself back to being a better person, and I hope people come along with me,” says Clegg. The Commonheart’s latest album is called Pressure.
Tune in Friday, November 15th at Noon for a JPR Live Session with The Commonheart on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the "Listen Live" link at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News."
JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.