Since the release of Mountain Home Music Company album, Blue, The Cleverlys have been busy bringing their one-of-a-kind musical comedy experience to delighted audiences at the Grand Ole Opry (where they always get a standing ovation), Stagecoach, CMAfest, Telluride, RockyGrass and more stages and festivals across the country. And while the humor of Dr. Digger and his “family” members is certainly at the forefront, make no mistake: The Cleverlys’ music stands on its own with the instrumental chops expected from any top bluegrass group.
The Cleverlys continued to back up their reputation earlier this year with the releases of their takes on the Black Eyed Peas’ GRAMMY-winning “Let’s Get It Started” and Steve Earle’s 1986 single, “Hillbilly Highway.” Now, they announce their upcoming album, Solid Butter, which is sure to meet fans’ expectations set by their past remakes of songs at the forefront of popular culture. The album is now available for pre-save/add ahead of its July 28 release.
This time, they reach across decades, kicking off the album with Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time,” from 1973; adding in ‘80s hits like John Anderson’s “Black Sheep” and “Love Shack” from The B-52’s; making a stop in the 90s with Radiohead’s “Creep” and then moving on to the 2010s and beyond with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and “Fly As Me” from Silk Sonic, the duo comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.
The Cleverlys even throw in an original, here, with Dr. Digger’s “Climbing Up,” which fits seamlessly into the mix of songs turned bluegrass from their spot atop pop music’s charts.
Adding to what is already a unique listen, Solid Butter will be released in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music, TIDAL and Amazon Music. Allowing listeners to feel as if they're inside the song itself, Dolby Atmos is familiar to many from its “surround sound” application in thousands of movie theaters. It is described by the respected sound technology innovator as “revealing depth, clarity and details like never before….a sound experience you can feel all around you.” Audio produced in Dolby Atmos adapts automatically to your Atmos-compatible device and system to give you an unexpected, all-enveloping sound experience.
Says Dr. Digger about the album, “You know when you’re down at the creek or at your cousin’s trailer or when you and Bumpy are road huntin’ or pitching horse shoes or when y’all’s at Fifty Six at a jackpot bull riding with Rusty, Buck, Killer and Beaner or when you’re grab hookin’ suckers at Lock 3 with Big Jim, Batten and Red or when you’re laying in the bed of your truck down at the Pour Off with a hippie girl you met at Folkfest or when y’all are riding backwards on that bucking machine behind the vet clinic with Martyjuana’s old bull rope or when you’re in your truck with someone you care about, possibly alone, or about to meet someone and you’re just like, ‘This would be a whole lot better if we had a little butter on the situation?’ Well, here’s a big ol block of SOLID BUTTER for you and yours from Dr. Digger and The Cleverlys.”
As they’ve proven with their past releases, The Cleverlys are a unique — and uniquely entertaining — presence in popular music, a place they’ll keep with this new collection.
Pre-save/add Solid Butter HERE.