It was the night of the first band practice, and all through the house, not a creature was
not rocking out, not even a mouse.
When Dustin Rye’s father walked down into the basement he said “You boys are rowdy,
kind of like The Clover Club.”
The Clover Club was the stuff of legends, a greasy bar where all the fathers and
grandfathers of small town McEwen went to party. Unfortunately, the bar burned down
in 1976, but thanks to the boys of the band of The Clover Club, the rowdy spirit of the
bar lives on.
As Dustin Rye (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Chris Campbell (bass) and Shawn Jones (Drums)
were working on their first ep and throwing around band names they thought of a few,
but each one was “Not as good as The Clover Club.”
And that perhaps is the storybook beginning of the band The Clover Club, or it would
have been if not for the fact that the band is more like 3/4th hard rock and 1/4th whiskey
and 0 parts fairytale.
It’s songs like “Trouble” and “Diamonds and Cherries” That bring to mind the iconic
imagery of early Rock N’ Roll.
Justin says “I draw a lot of influence from Jimi Hendrix. A lot of our music is about living
life on the wild side. Our first ep was kinda based on the kind of gambling and life in the
The band’s early inclinations of what they might become was a wild ride, with more hints
of Fear and Loathing than a breezy motorcycle ride down an old Tennessee lane.
Dustin Rye says the guys love “ACDC, Van Halen, (and) Good old sweaty rock n’ roll.
When asked what the band’s favorite song was to play live, Dustin said “Oh wow that’s
a tough one. I’d have to say it’s a toss up between ‘Trouble’ or ‘Devil.’ Both of those
songs we get a very good response for. ‘Trouble’ is one of the first songs we wrote as a
“Trouble” is definitely a heavy hitter of The Clover Club’s first ep, which they have
recently recorded and are releasing in 2016 as a way to stay true to their early roots, but
also adding finesse to their fan favorites.
“We’re just gunna give it away for free. The people who ask about the songs have
already bought it. We want people to hear those songs.”
The free ep will feature 4 of the band’s older tunes, and two brand new ones. In 2016,
old fans with sparkles in their eyes with the remembrance of the old Club, and new fans,
(hopefully even some new groupies) will flock to the band’s new gigs and continue to
worship the rock n’ roll spirit of The Clover Club.
When asked if The Clover Club has groupies yet, Dustin laughed and said “No not
particularly. We’re working on it. We got a pretty good (fan)base. Our base is growing.
We’ve made a lot of friends playing in Nashville this last year. We’re kinda transitioning
to being more than just friends in the crowd.”
The guys of The Clover Club are also transitioning from their small town of McEwen and
into the hotter Nashville music scene.
“There’s no real music base bars of McEwen. It’s a cover band town. We play mostly
The Clover Club is taking their new originals, and re-released ep to the public.
“We have a very 2016 planned. We picked up a manager a very nice guy Derek
Capron. He is a very ambitious individual who’s been in the scene for a while…I feel
really good with my ambition and Derek’s. It’s going to be a big year for us.”
The Clover Club is set to go on tour in early 2016 with dates in Ohio, Jacksonville, St.
Louis and Georgia along with Nashville clubs, and they plan on putting out a music
video. You can bet there will whiskey and some fabulous debauchery involved.
The Clover Club new/old EP Straight Hustle Flush is out now and so is some of their
leaked “The Black Album.”
Be sure to check out songs like ‘Trouble’ and ‘Slow Burn” And spoiler alert, Dustin’s
Dad may be responsible for 1/3rd of the band and the band name, but this writer is
demanding the next record be named “Welcome to the Clover Club.” After all, it’s even
in their Facebook name: www.facebook.com/welcometothecloverclub, Check it out on
Facebook and the band’s other pages to hear all the latest and new music.