The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music – a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark. Their influences range from The Gladiators, The Congos, Lee Perry,Tony Rebel, Buju Banton, Michael Rose,Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Bob Marley, Eek A Mouse, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo and many others.
“The Cliftones, with their tight percolating rhythm section, hook-laden horn arrangements and conscious lyrics and new/ancient melodies from dynamic lead singer Diedrich Jones, are the definition of Roots Reggae for the 21st Century!” – Stan “Skabone” Middleton, of Pato Banton and the Now Generation
“One of the best modern reggae groups, sounding out with the voice of their lead singer Diedrich Jones” – Carron Mcgibbon- Trombonist for Bunny Wailer and Alpha Boys School Alumni
“I love all kinds of music, especially reggae and the Cliftones are one of the best reggae bands around” –Johnny Radelat -Drummer for Gary Clark Jr.
Four time winners of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, they get the crowd grooving every time they take the stage, both near and far from home. They have played to a packed houses of engaged audiences at a variety of mid-sized venues as well as being favorites on many festival stages.
Already with an impressive base of devoted fans, The Cliftones are set to release their first full-length album, “Enemies Scatter” with the independent reggae label, Rebel Sound Records in early 2016. This new album will bring their roots reggae sound to an even larger audience who will want to experience the band live.