Claflin & Grace sneak preview!
This is my part-time songwriting and singing collaboration with Ellie Grace. Full duo CD to be completed winter of 2017!
Due to overwhelming social media response to a home video shot the day it was written, we recorded this pre-release single of "I'm Gonna Walk It With You":

"I'm Gonna Walk It With You"

Here's the video on Facebook (with 84K views as of 12/20/16!):
"I'm Gonna Walk It With You" live FB video

- - and on YouTube:

The full Claflin & Grace debut album will be out this winter! Stay tuned...

CESSPOOL OF SIN -The Full Studio Band Version of this irreverent anthem for Asheville NC is available for download! 
Cesspool of Sin - EP Version

"Cesspool of Sin" - solo home video version

- - -and more songs on my YouTube channel, 
The Claflin Cafe, where in August-Sept of 2015 I uploaded a new video of a song from the archives every single day for 6 weeks. - - 

- - - like my Elvis Costello-influenced song, "Sparring With My Shadow Again"

The rock ballad "Serenity"

The ballad, "Lucky Find From the Lost & Found"

A Nick Lowe-influenced 1950s rock & Roll number, 

the jaunty Americana number, "Jump Start On My Heart"

this a cappella spiritual-style number with a verse for Eric Garner:
"Keep Hope Alive"

And about 30 others so far!

Be on the lookout soon for news about my upcoming duo CD with Ellie Grace!

Edibles, Audibles, Applaudables! 

Starting Thursday October 1st, I am partnering with Odd's Cafe on Haywood Road in West Asheville to offer a FREE weekly Americana singer-songwriter showcase, which we're calling, Edibles, Audibles, & Applaudables!

Each week I will be hosting, sharing a song or two as a mini-opening-act, then introducing my guest, and reminding everyone to toss some cold, hard cash into the cookie jar for the artist.

I'll also be reminding everyone to use their dollars to show their appreciation to Odd's for supporting this community event. Odd's serves a dizzying array of baked goodies, fine teas, Counter Culture coffees, sandwiches from Asheville Sandwich Company, and more. 

Odd's is my personal favorite cafe around town, which by design serves as coffee shop, gallery space, meet-up spot,  and community center. It was the first place I thought to approach with the idea of a regular music series, and they've welcomed the project with open arms.

For our opening night, I'm proud to welcome my friend Nate Spencer, with whom I recently shared the stage at Magnetic 375, in a songwriters-in-the-round show which also featured Matt Townsend and Hannah Kaminer. On Oct 1st at Odd's Nate will be joined by Kevin Harvey and yours truly. Nate has been an important part of a songwriter circle that I joined 3 years ago, which has completely reinvigorated my writing. We've done some co-writing, co-produced and played together on our friend Hannah Kaminer's debut CD, and played a handful of small gigs together. He's one of my favorite songwriters anywhere, and I'm going to be sad to see him move to Boston soon - all the more reason why you should come out to see this farewell performance if you're in the Asheville area!

"Edibles, Audibles, and Applaudables at Odd's" will feature original songs by local artists. No covers! (But being lovers of traditional music, we will allow the occasional Public Domain song.) :)

Join us Thursdays at 7pm at Odd's Cafe, 800 Haywood Rd in West Asheville. 

Here's one of Nate's songs from the Magnetic 375 show:


Here is the Facebook event page:

Odd's Cafe web site:
The Odd's Cafe Web site

Don't get mad, don't get even - - get Odd's!

A Program of Action! 

Something about my frenzied work with Ellie Grace on our duo CD in July seems to have propelled me forward, to try to keep making things happen.

For 5 weeks now, I've been posting a new song every day (that is to say, not a brand new song, but a brand new video of me playing something from the Claflin catalog) on The Claflin Cafe on YouTube.

I'm returning to the Magnetic Theatre - or rather, to its new home, the venue Magnetic 375, for the first time in 3 years, bringing in 3 of the very best singer-songwriters Aseville has to offer for a round-robin. Hannah Kaminer, Nate Spencer, Matt Townsend and I will be singing original songs. Additionally, it will be the EP Release for my studio version of "Cesspool of Sin" (and a music video shoot), and, sadly, it will also serve as Nate Spencer's farewell-to-Asheville show, but he'll be back to visit and perform in a few months.

I'm going to NYC for an unofficial mini-reunion of Sarah Lawrence peeps and other NYC-area friends I've not seen in quite some time, at a gig at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn, followed by a trip to Cambridge, MA where I'll do a show at the Fayerweather Street School.

When I return, I'm doing a house-concert at Hanger Hall (not the school, but the residence), and will be organizing a Thursday evening Americana singer-songwriter series at Odd's Cafe in West Asheville.

I'll be helping Hannah Kaminer, and perhaps another musical friend or two, to record a new song or few in my home studio.

On my To-Do list is to finish some edits, and add some music, to the complete audio recording of my mom Lola White's book of poetry, The Seed at Center.

And of course, finishing the Brian & Ellie CD.

Here's hoping I can maintain this momentum a while longer...!

As you were.

My 15 Minutes of Obscurity 

I'm ready for my close-up. Actually, scratch that. The mid-distance shot in low-res is hunky dory with me. Hey everyone! I'm a YouTube channel, The Claflin Cafe! What does that mean? Damned if I know, but I've been playing around with the camcorder, so I thought I'd start posting simple performance videos of songs. I don't know if Andy Warhol was right, but I can tell you that if I'd gotten famous when I first wanted, I'd probably have been dead long ago. So here's to better late than never!


Moral Monday and Beyond 

Thanks to Saro Lynch-Thomason for lending her voice on stage today at the rally. Here's a distant shot of us.
Thanks also to Ellie Grace for adding harmonies to the studio recording I'd started with Saro. See the Music page here to grab the song.

And thanks to Nate Spencer for loaning me his Martin for the gig (as well as for me to play on last week's recording sessions for Hannah Kaminer's forthcoming EP). I need me a Martin, dag nab it.

Not much more to report. Later gators.

And so it begins. 

Egad, what have you wrought? Giving me a blog is like giving a monkey a gun. Which reminds me of a song I meant to write.

But I digress.

Howdy, gang! Here's one of my newest songs, "Tearing My Mountain Down", as recorded by my housemate with her phone, on my back porch:

"Tearing My Mountain Down" by Brian Claflin - Porch video

It's my anti-Mountaintop Removal (and, by association, anti-Fracking) song. I've been invited to sing it on August 4 in downtown Asheville at tjhe "Mountain Moral Monday" rally:  Mountain Moral Monday August 4, 2014 

Saro Lynch will be joining me on stage, a film crew will be documenting the event and putting together a more produced music video for the studio version of the song, which I'll soon be recording with both Saro and another frequent collaborator, Ellie Grace.

Speaking of Ellie, she & I have formed a singing and songwriting partnership, and are polishing up the final touches on our debut duo CD. We aren't quite sure what to call ourselves yet, but look here soon for a link to our duo web page!

I seem to be surrounded by incredibly talented musical women in Asheville. I am also currently rehearsing with Hannah Kaminer and friends, for her first real studio recording. It's gonna be great, the songs are really shaping up.

Yes, I do sometimes collaborate with males. The very talented Nate Spencer is a fellow Kaminer band-mate, and the three of us are working towards a set of songs as a trio. Alas, my storyteller dad Willy Claflin will not be at the National Storytelling Festival this year, but rest assured I will be joining him in October of 2015.

And that's all the news that's fit to pixilate! Thanks for stopping by.


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WORLD TOUR 2015 - - by which I mean, occasional shows...

Previous events

Equinox of Song in the Cesspool of Sin (Songwriter Round-Robin and EP Release)

Magnetic 375, 375 Depot St., Asheville, NC

Songwriter round-robin with Matt Townsend, Hannah Kaminer and Nate Spencer - and EP release party (and video shoot!) for my "Cesspool of Sin" EP.

Brian Claflin

"Mountain Moral Monday" rally, Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC

Last year this event drew 10,000 people, and was voted by The Nation Magazine as “Most Valuable Protest” of 2013.

Hosted by the Mountain People’s Assembly, a coalition of WNC organizations, and regional WNC NAACP Branches, this non-partisan program will highlight the destructive policies enacted by the North Carolina statehouse over the past year while strongly focusing on the voter empowerment campaign, “Moral March to the Polls.”

Featuring the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP and other guest speakers, as well as musical entertainment - like me, joined by Saro Lynch.