IMAs, we thank you!

While the Claudettes look ahead to our March 23 album release, we also got this great news: our most recent release, “Pull Closer to Me: Live in the Piano Room,” has been nominated for “Best Live EP” by the Independent Music Awards! We really do love this recording…the “softer side” of the Claudettes, featuring our own songs as well as some covers we love. Here’s the news on the IMAs and here’s the EP in question, via Yellow Dog Records. Don’t be Left Out in the Cold…go ‘n’ get ALL our nice, toasty recordings! Why not to-day?!


The Claudettes are racking up the spring tour dates. More to come. But first: there’s a new SCANDAL!!! The thoroughly untamed new album by the Claudettes is available for pre-order right now on the Yellow Dog Records website. It’s called “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!”…please go here to read all about it, hear a few of its tracks and to pre-order it:

NEW ALBUM! Coming spring 2018…

Yellow Dog Records, who put out the first two Claudettes albums as well as an exclusive online-only EP, are putting out the brand-new Claudettes album “Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!” in March 2018!

This album was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Mark Neill (Black Keys, Los Straitjackets, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Paladins…) at his legendary Soil of the South Studio in Valdosta, GA. Stay tuned for previews including two videos featuring songs from the album!

Here’s a lil’ teaser

Innocent Words to premiere three live-in-studio Claudettes videos!

Innocent Words–now celebrating its 15th year–is premiering three live-in-studio Claudettes videos. These were all performed at Shirk Studios in Chicago, home of the renowned “Hear Ye Sessions,” which featured the likes of Mates of State, White Denim, Ha Ha Tonka, Justin Townes Earl, the Lumineers and a pre-stardom Alabama Shakes.
Two of these three songs are exclusive to these videos and not available anywhere else. The other (coming later in December) is “Pull Closer to Me,” a song to be features on the band’s forthcoming album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!,” which arrives in March 2018 on Yellow Dog Records.

The first of the videos: “24/5”:
There you can read the impetus behind this rollicking, ultra-groovy little number.

More to come…watch it and share it!


New wheels and vids; ‘tsup with you?

Doris II will cart us to Ohio this weekend, then she’s getting traded in for a brand-new Ford Transit, all-custom-like! You should climb in sometime.

Our West Coast/Canada tour was just outstanding, thanks to everyone who came and who helped put on the shows and festivals.

We’re playing Midwest and East Coast in the coming months, starting this Friday. Look ‘n’ SEE.

Our new album produced by Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97’s, Los Straitjackets, J.D. McPherson, Paladins…) is done. We’re looking for the right home for it. In the meantime, a solid SIX new music videos are coming: four live-in-studio, one conceptual video (with a sneak peak at that Mark Neill audio) and one animated video (by the artist who created this, once upon a time).

We’ll have more news soon. Come up and see us sometime,
p.s. Please avail yourself: all our currently available recordings are right HERE.



The Claudettes: They’re all over the place!

We are! Please see the tour dates here. With the East Coast dates we’re about to add, we’re literally talkin’ coast-to-coast (and Canada, too). I know, I know, oil changes, tire rotation, yada yada…please come and post/share these shows in these towns!

New Online-Only EP, and the Claudettes descend down into Norman’s Cellar…

Well, hi!
Yellow Dog Records, who were good enough to put out the first two Claudettes albums, are now offering an exclusive new online-only EP: “The Claudettes, Live in the Piano Room.” Read all about it, hear the songs, watch the videos of those intimate acoustic performances and, most importantly, get the EP (and our previous Yellow Dog Records releases) right here.

Speaking of videos: We have begun a series of (lucky) 13 live performance videos called “Live from Norman’s Cellar.” These are loud, full-throttle performances from a party full of top Chicago drag queens (including Claudettes bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn). You gotta see: go here.

Go to our shows tab up above here to find out where to see us near you soon…new shows are being added all the time.

Well all right…onward,
The Claudettes





The Claudettes in Winter

The Claudettes are not fond of driving in and out of Chicago in wintertime. But are we taking a break this winter? No, we’re filming and posting a series of at least 15 live-performance videos — some “unplugged” in the piano room at ig’s house, some full-on electric down in the dark, scary basement. We’re also writing new songs as producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97’s, Los Straitjackets, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, J.D. McPherson) puts the finishing touches on the mixes of the recordings we made with him at his Soil of the South Studio in Valdosta, GA.
Have a look at the shows that will bring us back to the stage this spring (many more to come), and watch the first of those music videos: our official entry to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.
See you soon, world…