Made in the mountains
“And you’ll miss it somehow, miss that crazy small town
As you fight to be American, a little fish trying to make a dent”
Andrew spent years living completely off-grid in a small adobe house he built in California’s Cuyama Valley. He farmed by day, drank whiskey by night, and stole the stage name John Gary from his shoeless farming buddy. This led to much confusion, with Andrew ultimately clarifying that he was “the real” John Gary.
In his first solo show, at the only bar in town called The Place, The Real John Gary (born Andrew Clinard in Massachusetts) was asked to turn down the volume. Though he was playing acoustically, he was competing with a deer hunting TV show. You have to start somewhere! Andrew had spent years playing with Cuyama Mama & The Hot Flashes, which birthed some deep banging folk-rock country music. When the Hot Flashes split up, Andrew spent a few years developing a following as The Real John Gary with an energetic one-man-band performance.
Over these years The Real John Gary wrote countless songs by candlelight, inspired by an old way of life, the tumultuous hunt for partnership, and the struggle with chronic pain. His unique Alt-country Americana music draws on the likes of John Prine, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams. His songs have been sung at bars, farms, prison, living rooms, barns, pickup trucks, restaurants, and a few legitimate music venues for good measure.
The Real John Gary emerged from the mountains in 2019, landing in Tucson, Arizona. He immediately began working on his first album entitled “Goodbye Home,” slated for release May 2020. With “Goodbye Home”, The Real John Gary delivers a debut album of pop-rock Americana loaded with catchy, in-the-pocket hooks and unexpected, candid meditations on love, longing, and nature in the present day.