Branson Favorites "The Cleverlys" to Appear at the McSwain April 14

Friday, March 30, 2012

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The historic McSwain Theatre will be buzzing Saturday, April 14 with the sounds of bluegrass, pop, country and comedy of The Cleverlys.  The fun begins at 7 p.m.

Hailing from "a remote part of the Ozark Mountains," The Cleverlys are a five-man bluegrass/comedy band whose influences include the greats of bluegrass, Run-D.M.C., the Cure, Elton John and Marvin Gaye.

The show includes somewhat traditional bluegrass-styled music mixed with outrageously nontraditional covers and comedy, such as Black Eyed Peas tunes, "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry, and "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, among others.

The Cleverlys are regular performers in some of the biggest and hottest venues in Branson; Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.; Asheville, N.C.; as well as performing at festivals on the West Coast.

The band will be making their debut appearance at the McSwain.

This five piece faux-family band is the brainchild of comedian Paul Harris, who describes the fictional Arkansas pickers as "bluegrass meets ‘The Office.'"

Members of the band include; Paul Harris as ‘Digger Cleverly,' Mark Pearman as ‘Otto Cleverly,' Steve Bush as ‘Vernon Dean ‘VD' Cleverly,' Steve Wilkerson as ‘Harvey D. Cleverly' and Irl Hess as ‘Miles Cleverly.'

"Music is music to the Cleverlys, even though they came from a humble beginning on the farm and in the country, so that's what they want to share with the world," Irl Hess explains.

For ticket information, contact the McSwain office at (580) 332-8108 or online at

The McSwain Theatre, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, is located at 130 W. Main in Ada.