Cliff Eberhardt spins out a song as rough and image-rich as the streets of New York City. He knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in a musical family in Pennsylvania, Cliff quickly taught himself how to play guitar. His influences range from folk masters like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell to blues greats like Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt, not to mention Broadway pop legends like Cole Porter and the Gershwins. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Buffy Saint Marie, Shawn Colvin, and many others.
Cliff has been on the music scene since the late sixties, honing his style in Illinois and Colorado before moving to New York City in 1978. New York was like songwriting boot camp for Cliff in the company of John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, and Shawn Colvin. Working as a cab driver and singing jingles to pay the bills, he spent his time in New York playing solo gigs, as well as studio work and road guitar for Richie Havens. Cliff’s song, “My Father’s Shoes,” landed him a deal with Windham Hill, and seven solo albums have since emerged. His latest album, The High Above and The Down Below, on Red House, is his first release after a five year hiatus due to a near-disastrous car accident in 2002. Now he is back with fresh songs and once again getting wide-ranging accolades.