For over three decades, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio. Over that time, EFO has amassed a sizable grassroots following, released nine CDs (all independently) & collected numerous Washington Area Music Association Awards. Since 2008, with the band slowing down, Clem has relocated from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville where he’s established quite a foothold in its musical scene, from session work to bluegrass gigs to forming his own acoustic acts, as well as performing solo quite often. In 2022, Clem was nominated as “Best Music Artist” by Cville Weekly‘s Best of Cville. He regularly fronts a Monday night house band from The Local in Charlottesville. Clem is also currently a resident teacher for Songwriting at The Front Porch. Since 2010, he has released three independent recordings, The Michael Clem Trio, Fifty Clementines & Rivannarama.
“A songwriter, a guitarist and observational comedian… Think Blink-182 with words by Todd Snider and you get an idea of what Clem does within the confines of folk-rock.”
–The Washington Post
“A multi-dimensional performer, Michael Clem’s songs touch universal human conditions that expose our doubts without ever being preachy. His dry and sly wit and clever arrangements soothe the soul but include a social commentary bite that encourages us not to take our lives too seriously.”
-Aer Stephen (“Folk & Beyond” 91.1 FM WTJU in Charlottesville, VA)