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Local DJ, musician releases new CD
Cliff Beach will perform tonight at Mitchell’s in Huddleston
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Photo by Morris Stephenson: Cliff Beach, a local radio announcer, displays his newest CD release “Six Pack.” It contains six songs he wrote and sings. Veteran musician Ted Russell Kamp co-wrote two selections and produced the CD.

Friday, August 15, 2014

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

Cliff Beach, a morning DJ for the past 15 years on the local AM radio station, calls himself a "road warrior" after traveling for 30 years, playing his music in small venues along the East Coast.

Like thousands of other singers and guitar pickers, Beach said he has never been able to get a handle on that fleeting fame every musician seeks. But there have been "sparks" along the way that have kept him packing his bags on weekends and heading out for another solo performance.

Beach just released his second CD, called "Six Pack" because it contains six songs, not the average 12, Beach said. It's been 15 years since he released his first CD.

The first single on his new release, "I Did It! And I'd Do It Again," has received some national play, Beach said. The song was born in 1999 while Beach was sitting on Willie Nelson's tour bus, talking about recordings with the country music legend.

"I heard he was doing some recording with Shelby Lynne and I asked him about it," the Roanoke native recalled. "I'll never forget his answer. Willie looked at me square in the eye and said, 'I did it!' He paused for what seemed to be a long time before adding, 'And I'd do it again!'"

"There's a line for you," Beach remembers Willie saying.

Not long after that, Beach sat down with his guitar, a pen and piece of paper to write the words and music to the song about a musician who is performing at The Belly of the Beast bar and grill in Salem.

"Of course, there is an attractive girl there who starts flirting with the guitar player, and you can figure out where it goes from there," Beach said.

"We talked about Willie recording one of my songs with me, but we never got around to it," he added. "Later, I called and found out he was vacationing in Hawaii for several months. So that never happened. Of course, I was disappointed."

Veteran musician Ted Russell Kamp, who played with Scooter Jennings' band 357s, plays bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and floor tom drum on Beach's new release. Kamp also lends his vocals to the recording and is the producer.

"Ted (Kamp) put the CD band together for the recording, which was done by Mike Esser at 16 Tons studio in Nashville. Additional recording and mixing were done by Kyle Mann, also of Nashville. Mastering was done by Don Mattingly at Brambledon Studios in Fork Mountain.

Also performing on the CD are Nick Nguyen on electric and acoustic guitar, Jerry Roe on drums and Michael Webb on piano and organ.

Kamp is also credited for his work on two of Beach's songs, including "I've Been Watching You" and "The Fire (The Flame)."

The three other songs are "So Blessed Easy," "So Close, So Far Away" and "You Ain't Heard It All." All six of the songs feature Beach's deep throaty baritone voice that at times drops to a rich bass.

Beach will be performing at Mitchell's in Huddleston on Friday, Aug. 15 and Heath's Water Side Grill at The Pointe on Aug. 22.

Then on Aug. 29, Beach will appear at Milliron Grill on Route 24 near Smith Mountain Lake.

Beach's new CD is available on Amazon.com, CD Baby and at shows where he is performing.

Like him on Facebook at Cliff Beach Contrary Music or visit cliffbeach.com.

 
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