Kerry Patrick Clark to play new music during concert seriesWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Whitehouse-based musician Kerry Patrick Clark will give Toledo-area residents a chance to hear him in an intimate setting at an upcoming Monclova Community Center series.
“I love it, I think it’s better than singing in front of hundreds or thousands of people,” said Clark, who has played for crowds of about 8,000. “People get a sense of knowing who I am, what my heart is.”
This is the seventh time Clark has put on a wintertime series at Monclova Community Center, aka the Monclova Coffeehouse. He and his wife Amy came up with the idea, largely to give him a place to play close to home after his son Robbie was born.
“One of the reasons I stopped touring so much was because my son was born. I wanted to be a great dad,” said Clark, a former member of the folk group The New Christy Minstrels.
Concertgoers may get to see Robbie and Amy join Clark onstage. They may also get to hear songs from Clark’s upcoming Easter-themed album, slated to feature 12 or 13 songs. Clark has been toying with the idea of an Easter album for some time.
“I’ve had these songs in my sort of musical knapsack for three or four years,” he said. The thus unnamed album marks Clark’s sixth CD release.
Clark’s last album was released in spring 2010, but not without some hiccups. Clark, who mixes his tracks on his own computer, accidentally deleted his album and lost his work. Instead of being completely heartbroken, Clark used the experience to better his album with his wife’s encouragement.
“My wife comes to me and says, ‘Can I give you perspective? Next time, why don’t you come from a heart perspective instead of a head perspective?’” Clark recalled. His album, “On the Road to Human Being,” reflects that decision. The album spent about 40 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report chart for folk radio Internet airplay.
Clark still mixes his own tracks and, for the most part, doesn’t see the five musicians who play with him. Although they live within about 15 miles of each other, all generally record their parts and send them to Clark.
“[Technology] makes anybody with a laptop and breakout box a recording studio,” Clark said.
Clark, who has been playing professionally since he was a senior in high school, said he loves working in Toledo — and he’s moved around enough to know.
“If I’m in LA, Nashville or New York, and I’ve lived in all those places, I’m just another white guy with a guitar,” Clark said.
He added, “Toledo is an amazing place to raise a family. It’s small enough and it’s big enough at the same time.”
Toledo-area residents can see Clark at
7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Road. A donation of $5 is suggested.