Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters and paved the way for three generations of songwriters to write about the experience of being Australian. When Richard Clapton began his recording career in 1974, Australia was still in the vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the “deep water” and legends like Skyhooks and Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil, and hundreds of others, followed in his wake. Clapton’s songs are still omnipresent on the radio to this day, his records charting the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generations.
In 2015, Richard travelled to the U.S. to record a new album with acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt. The idea behind the album was to carefully select twelve songs—whether old or new—from Clapton’s vast catalogue, which would fit neatly into the “Americana” genre. The result is an album which many have wanted Clapton to make for a long time.