When you’re the son of the Byrds’ Gene Clark – a pivotal figure in the formation of three distinct sub-genres of rock music (folk/psychedelic/country) – there’s a certain expectation, spoken or unspoken, that you’ll pick up the guitar and join the family business. From an early age Kai Clark felt the pressure of such unreasonable expectations, but has always followed his own path in life, not one that had been projected on to him by anyone else. If Kai were to ever become a musician, it would happen naturally, on his own terms. When the time was right.
2009 – present
Gene Clark, The Byrds, Carla Olson
DON IAN: guitar
DON SEGIEN: guitar, vocals, mandolin, pedal steel, dobro, banjo, and bass
KAI CLARK: vocals, guitar, harmonica
JIM MORELAND: drums
1. Hope You Understand
2. 1,000 Days
4. Along The Way
5. Hit The Lights
6. Into the Night
7. Paint This Town
8. Stormy Afternoon
Kai Clark and Carla Olson perform Gene Clark's 'Gypsy Rider' live.
Kai Clark is interviewed by veteran music journalist Stephen K. Peeples and performs his song 'Sunlight' and Gene Clark's 'So You Say You Lost Your Baby' live.
THE KAI CLARK BAND
KAI CLARK is the son of the late Gene Clark, legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of the hit 1960’s rock group the Byrds. Kai is now continuing the legacy of his father and is quickly gaining worldwide recognition as an artist in his own right.
Kai performed as the opening act for Grammy Award winning artists Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin at the 2018 City Folk Festival in Ottawa Canada.
In December of 2018, Kai was involved in several concerts paying tribute to his father. In Melbourne Australia, Kai was the headliner amongst some of Australia’s most notable musicians. In San Francisco, he performed with Carla Olson of the Textones, and the Green Leaf Rustlers featuring Chris Robinson (formerly of the Black Crowes) at the annual “Here Tonight” Gene Clark Tribute Show.
Kai is currently in the studio working on a new album of songs his father wrote and performed. The album will feature some guest appearances by Carla Olson, John York (The Byrds), Byron Berline (Dillard and Clark), and many other surprise guests. A tour to support the new album is also being planned for 2019.
Supported by class-A musicians well-versed in Folk-Rock, Classic Rock, Alt-Country and everything in between, The Kai Clark Band delivers a show that's packed with high energy and a fresh sound.
Don Ian has been a familiar face on stages and studios in Hollywood for the last 2 decades. He has toured extensively in the US and overseas with modern country acts from Nashville, Tennessee to Baghdad, Iraq. He has appeared films and on television for Disney, the CW and the WB, most recently in the final season of the hit CBS drama The Mentalist. Don's most recent band, King Mersey, is a high energy early rock revue of the Beatles' Cavern and Hamburg years featuring the hits of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry as well as The Dave Clark 5 and The Yardbirds.
Guitar, vocals, mandolin, pedal steel, dobro, banjo, and bass
Don started playing electric bass in the early seventies. His earliest musical influences include Buck Owens and Don Rich, the Louvin Brothers, and classic country music from the 50s and 60s. He spent much of the eighties playing jazz, soul, and R&B. Over the years, he learned to play other instruments including guitar, dobro, pedal steel, banjo, and mandolin. A versatile and natural musician, Don is as comfortable playing mandolin in a bluegrass band as he is playing guitar in a blues band or bass in a soul band. Having a deep connection to American roots music and a broad musical vocabulary, Don is able to add that "extra little something" to Kai’s music.
Jim comes from a music industry household. His father was a D.J. and program director at KRLA and other radio stations in California throughout the 60’s and 70’s. His mother, a music business executive. He took up the drums at 15 and upon finishing high school, attended the Dick Grove School of Music. During the 80’s & 90’s he worked in promotion for record distributors Sony & WEA. He’s been running his own recording studio since 1999 where he’s worked with Kai Clark, Brian Bell (Weezer), Daron Malakian (System of a Down) and Tony Award winning singer/songwriter Stew (Passing Strange) among dozens of other artists.
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