Born Clifton Hodges Munroe in Austin, TX, I have lived in North Texas all my life. I taught myself to play guitar in my teens and began emulating my favorite singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, many more, and also fav vocal groups such as Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eagles, Poco, etc… This is just a tiny percentage of many, many influences both past and present.
I began entertaining folks at parties, weddings, coffee shops and soon was writing my own songs. This led to winning local songwriting contests which earned me opportunities to open for songwriting greats such as John Sebastian, Jerry Jeff Walker and B.W. Stevenson. Later, I moved away from purely performing solo and organized a band that performed around North Texas and Oklahoma. Originally the act was performing only my songs but after some member changes, the group morphed into a R&B/Swing band. After three years the band morphed again and returned to performing mostly my material. Audience members I have met when playing somewhere often mention Glenn Frey, Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Eagles, Joe Jackson or some other contemporary American artists/groups when describing tunes they hear at my performances. “Sounds kinda like…, but not exactly,” is often stated. I have released several compilation collections over the years of writing. The latest compilation, “Wherever It Goes” can be previewed here in its entirety. Enjoy the stories, and I’ll see you around!