J.W. McClure is an award-winning song writer and humorist. Eleven songs (“Circle Round the Sun”, “Pig”, “The Bear”, “Living off of My Friends”, “Need a Lazy Woman”, “Old Antoine”, “Reaper”, “Blue”, “End of the Day”, and “Never Blessed”) have all been finalists In national contests (IAMA, USA, and Great American).
During the pandemic he has recorded a new CD of 16 uniquely personal songs through virtual collaborations with long time music partner Thaddeus Spae, the Nebels, Mark Filler and others. A continual humorist, delivering his unique jokes between song renditions, J.W. is a former cast member and co-writer of a wacky radio show, a veteran of the ’60s coffee houses, and a regular opening act for nationally known performers at Washington D.C’s infamous “Childe Harold” and the celebrated “Cellar Door.” His love of humor and old jazz has influenced his delivery and writing.
Ever a writer, he also plays traditional tunes, yodels Jimmie Rodgers (ok, his aging voice isn’t always up that), and whistles with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. His own songs are recognizable, catchy, with poetic and/or satirical lyrics.