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Cautious Clay ties his family history to new album, KARPEH

A man sits in a beat-up metal chair in a forest clearing and looks at the camera with a damaged shed in the background.
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The first time I heard Cautious Clay was when Tarik Moody dropped his hit single "Cold War" on his Best Songs of 2017 selection for his specialty program, Rhythm Lab Radio. After several side projects and some amazing collaborations, Clay is back with his most intimate, collaborative and family-driven release to date in "KARPEH."

Cautious was courteous enough to stop by our studios in Walker's Point a few hours before he played his Summerfest set in front of a big crowd. In our interview (tap "LISTEN" at the top of this story), we got to discuss what it meant to be a genre-less artist, how traveling between Ohio and Seattle helped shape his musical journey, the intention of showcasing the many instruments he plays on this project, his musical influences and more.

KARPEH, titled after his family surname, is out Friday on Blue Note Records.

88Nine Asst. Program Director / On-Air Talent | Radio Milwaukee
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