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Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt - receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band "Cry, Cry, Cry" (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky).
“Eberhardt is as welcome as iced tea in August.”
"Eberhardt is better than ever, Steve McQueening his way into your heart at about ninety-eight miles an hour, kicking ass with fresh insight and new ways to lament old yearnings.”
—Philly Rock Guide
“One of the most talented musicians on the solo acoustic circuit... full of well-crafted songs and rich, emotional vocals.”
—Seattle Post Intelligencer
“In a field of sensitive, new-age guys, Eberhardt digs deeper into life’s complexities and discovers much more compelling things to celebrate.”
—The Boston Phoenix
“Eberhardt sings with passion and with wit…what makes his brand so rare is the self-assurance and poise he brings to his nearly flawless show.”
—The New York Post
“Up and down the line, as a writer, guitarist, performer, and vocalist, Eberhardt is the equal of any singer-songwriter in contemporary pop. With unequaled directness and with a stark, raw presentation, he carves out miniature masterpieces, giving voice to life’s complexities and ambiguities.”
“Melding pop, rock,and folk styles into a rich melange, Eberhardt fits gracefully and solidly in the singer/songwriter niche.”
“Eberhardt approaches the guitar with stylistic eloquence, with the hooks, licks and grooves that could easily rank him among those who are singularly known as guitar virtuosos.”
"Eberhardt is a superb singer, with a vast credible range of emotions, and a soulfulness that draws from rock and pop, but also from the best folk ballad styles."
- The Boston Globe
The Long Road (****)- "Eberhardt has complicated emotions and he articulates them with stunning clarity"
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
“If life were fair and stardom based on raw talent, Cliff Eberhardt would be a household name.”
—The Washington Times
On his sixth album, Eberhardt, who calls the Pioneer Valley home, couches his ballads in rootsy, folksy arrangements that emphasize his bluesy guitar playing and his soulful, Ray Charles-like vocals. Eberhardt's melodies, however, are as sophisticated as ever -- he is the missing link between Paul McCartney and Cole Porter.
- Seth Rogovey
"Cliff Eberhardt voted one of the top 100 Folk Artists of the last 20 years"
WUMB Radio - Best of 2002, 2003,2004
"Eberhardt is one of the most original songsmiths currently on tour, a highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. Upon close listening, the Philadelphia-born singer's gift for the English language is abundantly clear. The words that tumble from his mouth are framed by a raspy yet deeply elegant voice"
- Folk Music Society of Huntington New York