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“This band is therapy for me to bring myself back to being a better person, and I hope people come along with me,” says powerhouse singer Clinton Clegg of The Commonheart. The testimonial begins on August 16th when the 9-piece band issues its most potent and purposeful dose of grittily redemptive rock n’ soul, its sophomore album, Pressure (Jullian Records).

Clinton didn’t grow up in a Baptist church, and his soul machine of a band isn’t pushing religion. Live and in the studio, the Pittsburgh-based collective is offering feel-good positivity, Golden Rule messaging, and sweat-soaked performances that nimbly ease through blues, vintage soul, and rock.

The nonet is bonded by familial-like ties and a desire to foster spiritual uplift. Among its ranks are female backup singers, drums, bass, guitar, a horn section, and keyboards. Out front is Clinton, a lightning bolt charismatic front man with dynamically expressive pipes that effortlessly traverse bluesy pleading, and honeyed balladeering.

The Commonheart’s latest album, Pressure, is both rugged and refined. The 10-song album showcases raw-nerve soul musicianship pristinely recorded. It's an album by a band on a mission. “We are willing to take risks and to go at any lengths for this band,” Clinton says affirmatively. “We are ready to spread positivity and make a stretch of this thing.”


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“This band is therapy for me to bring myself back to being a better person, and I hope people come along with me,” says powerhouse singer Clinton Clegg of The Commonheart. The testimonial begins on August 16th when the 9-piece band issues its most potent and purposeful dose of grittily redemptive rock n’ soul, its sophomore album, Pressure (Jullian Records).

Clinton didn’t grow up in a Baptist church, and his soul machine of a band isn’t pushing religion. Live and in the studio, the Pittsburgh-based collective is offering feel-good positivity, Golden Rule messaging, and sweat-soaked performances that nimbly ease through blues, vintage soul, and rock.

The nonet is bonded by familial-like ties and a desire to foster spiritual uplift. Among its ranks are female backup singers, drums, bass, guitar, a horn section, and keyboards. Out front is Clinton, a lightning bolt charismatic front man with dynamically expressive pipes that effortlessly traverse bluesy pleading, and honeyed balladeering. Onstage and in the studio, Clinton evokes B.B. King, Al Green, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke.

The Commonheart is known to have transformative powers. Case in point is the band’s own singer. During one gig, while singing “Do Right” from Pressure, Clinton experienced a revelation. 

“Seeing the audience’s reaction to the positivity in that song made me feel like I was giving them something they may need.” He pauses thoughtfully, and then continues: “You know blues music is sad as hell, but it makes you feel good. I thought maybe my bad stories could make people feel good, and I could bring a little bit of love to the show.”

Previously, Clinton was in an eclectic indie band searching for some semblance of artistic focus. He had grown up loving B.B. King and soul music and recognized the strength of his raspy emotive voice. After some soul searching, he and that band’s drummer decided to do a back-to-basics band centered around Clinton’s singing and a vintage R&B-informed aesthetic. At first the band’s name was a casual variant of The Commonwealth, as in “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” but the moniker later accrued significance as the band began to explore the pent-emotionality inherent in its gospel-tinged tunes.

The Commonheart’s latest album, Pressure, is both rugged and refined. The 10-song album showcases raw-nerve soul musicianship pristinely recorded. The opening track boasts soulful sandpaper-y lead vocals, swoops of cosmic slide guitar, a driving Sly Stone groove, and rousing female backup vocals. It’s an up-against-a-wall tune about making a living while raising a family, and it speaks to the album’s title. The bluesy ballad title track, replete with pleading emotive vocals, drips yearning and melancholy redemption. “That’s about the daily grind -- what it takes to maintain important relationships while you’re away from home, driving thousands of miles in van to pursue a dream,” Clinton confesses.

A spirit of a new-day optimism courses through the aptly titled “Different Man.” The song soars with stirring group backup vocals punctuated by Clinton’s vulnerable confessions. It’s a rousing and uplifting slice of R&B brimming with warm organs, clipped soul-guitar chanks, and triumphant horn melodies. “That song is about begging for a second chance, and building something beautiful after a sordid past,” Clinton reveals.

Pressure is an album by a band on a mission. “We are willing to take risks and to go at any lengths for this band,” Clinton says affirmatively. “We are ready to spread positivity and make a stretch of this thing.”

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PRESS RELEASE - July 19, 2019

THE COMMONHEART RELEASES FIREY TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM PRESSURE, OUT 8/16 ON JULLIAN RECORDS

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO FOR “PRESSURE” HERE:
https://youtu.be/PkDi-UY4S8g

Today, eight-piece Pittsburgh soul outfit The Commonheart reveal their latest single “Pressure” with an accompanying video, directed by Bradley Atom. Watch here: https://youtu.be/PkDi-UY4S8g

The bluesy ballad title track, replete with pleading emotive vocals, drips yearning and melancholy redemption. Speaking with Relix about the track, frontman Clinton Clegg says, “Stability can feel a million miles away, but the people around us are what drives this pursuit. Relationships form and some fold, but those experiences teach us important lessons about people and the world around us. Trust and perseverance are the fuel for this trip; how we use the pressure will determine the road we follow.”

The song follows the band’s recent single “Do Right,” which American Songwriter said “radiates true soul” and “reverberates through your core.”

Produced by Jeremy and Christopher McDonald (Fleet Foxes, Feist), “Pressure” and “Do Right” are the first taste from the band’s upcoming studio album, Pressure out August 16th on Jullian Records. This fall, the band will embark on their own headlining tour with stops in NYC, Chicago, performances at Americana fest and more.

Click here to pre-save, pre-add or pre-order Pressure

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PRESS RELEASE - June 28, 2019

PITTSBURGH OCTET THE COMMONHEART SPARK A SOULFUL FIRE WITH NEW ALBUM PRESSURE, OUT 8/16 ON JULLIAN RECORDS

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE “DO RIGHT

BAND EMBARKS ON NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR IN SEPT. INCLUDING DATES IN NYC, CHICAGO + NASHVILLE’S AMERICANAFEST

“RADIATES TRUE SOUL...REVERBERATES THROUGH YOUR CORE”
- AMERICAN SONGWRITER

The Commonheart - the 8-piece Pittsburgh powerhouse led by firey frontman Clinton Clegg - has won fans over with a sound “so explosive...it [could] summon a biblical thunderstorm” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Today, the band announces their new album Pressure, out 8/16 on Jullian Records, along with lead single “Do Right.” American Songwriter said the song “radiates true soul” and “reverberates through your core.” Listen to “Do Right” here.

“‘Do Right’ is a mantra as much as it is a song - it motivates The Commonheart's message of positive mentorship in our communities as well as our own hearts,” says Clegg. “Seeing the audience’s reaction to the positivity in that song makes me feel like I’m giving them something they may need. Blues music is sad as hell, but it makes you feel good.”

The Commonheart’s gritty, redemptive brand of rock n’ soul offers “commanding vocals amid a Stax-style review” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Having drawn comparisons to Joe Cocker, Clegg delivers unforgettable sweat-soaked performances that bring fans to their feet.

Produced by Jeremy and Christopher McDonald (Fleet Foxes, Feist), the 10 songs on Pressure embody the band’s rugged yet refined aesthetic, and showcase pristinely recorded, raw-nerve musicianship.

“This band is therapy for me to bring myself back to being a better person, and I hope people come along with me,” says Clegg.

The band has shared the stage with Gary Clark Jr. and performed on the Outlaw Music Festival tour with Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Sturgill Simpson + more. They recently played Summer Camp Music Festival and Mountain Jam, and they’ll perform at Americanafest in September. The band will embark on their own headlining tour this fall including stops in NYC, Chicago and more.


Responsible Agent Joshua Knight

Territories USA & Canada