When local singer Craig Clifford started singing at a party, he had no idea that would land him a spot in a band. Jim Easterling explains that it was basically an accident that they even got together. Easterling is a retired Dublin high school teacher, and his wife Nancy works at Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton. They were invited to play at their friend Tim Jones’ 60th birthday party. Another Tarleton, Craig Clifford we planned to join them.
The came together like it was meant to be. Everyone loved the performance, and because of the circumstances they decided to call themselves “The Accidental Band.” Four and a half years later, the Accidental Band is still going strong, on purpose. If you would like to book the band for an event, all their information can be found on their web site. The play a variety of different classic country songs, Texas singer-songwriter classics, original music by Clifford, folk and rockabilly. Clifford plays guitar and lead vocals, Nancy is on bass and Jim is on drums and backup vocals.
They have two albums, one is Living on the Country Line and the other is The Music Kept Us Sane. They are in the works for their third. The first song is called “We Ain’t No Lap Dancing Band.” You can mostly find the band performing in the Cross Timbers area. Clifford said, “The main part of this is that we are primarily a local band. We play in the area because we’ve all made choices. I mean I’m not going to go on the road, I don’t have aspirations to be driving around the country at this point.” This sentiment goes for the whole band.
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Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune