We got our start in 1999 at a frat party on the upper floor of the Story Mansion in Bozeman, Montana. Since then we’ve played almost 1000 shows which has allowed us to tour around the western half of the US and occasionally share the stage with some pretty cool and respectable bands like Dierks Bentley, Barenaked Ladies, Blackhawk, and the Kentucky Headhunters.  Most of our shows are at music venues that hold between 200 and 600 people.  We always feel like we know everyone in the room even when lots of people are seeing us for the first time.

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A few fun Clintons facts…


clintons12000 | Kinky | Lyrics | iTunes

Kinky remains a classic with songs like the light-hearted groove rocker, “Little Miss Perfect” and the title track, “Kinky”, written about having the hots for an airline attendant. Both of which remain in the set list at every live show. If you’re a new fan, Kinky will give you a surprising and possibly entertaining glimpse into how we got our start.

clintons2 copy2002 | Who Invited Roger | Lyrics | iTunes

Who Invited Roger was produced by critically acclaimed, award winning, Ken Mary, who has been involved with more than 30 albums selling 5 million copies worldwide. You’ll find radio-ready, pop-rock tunes that capture the quirkier side of The Clintons. The song, “Baltimore”, received several months of radio play on Phoenix’s infamous The Edge 103.9. WIR is probably most noted for the song “Fan Of The Bean”, a song written about John’s battle with caffeine addiction that eventually landed him in treatment…ok…he didn’t actually go through treatment.


2005 | Strange Day in Mexico | Lyrics | iTunes

On SDIM you’ll find the obvious favorites “Come With Me” and ” Sex On The Radio” which were played heavily on Bozeman’s Clear Channel station, KISS FM. On “College Daze”, McLellan revisits the blurry days and drunken nights of being in college. Although “Abercrombie Jeans” is quite a left field addition to the record, it’s humor and energy couldn’t describe the nature of The Clintons any better. 

clintons52007 | Not Fighters | Lyrics | iTunes

The John Mayer-esque “Time of Day” is a summertime love song that puts listeners on the front porch with their significant other during a breezy summer day, wind chimes and all. The synthesized and funky production of the band’s good-times ode to childhood escapism as an adult, “Grant Wants to be a Pirate,” will inspire you to leave the real world for a fantastic life on the Seven Seas.

The record is riddled with guest musicians including their friends Tony Furtado on banjo and slide guitar, Rick Winking from Montana Rose on lead guitar, Scott Morales on clav and organ, and a vocal cameo from the sultry Paige Rasmussen.


2008 | Have Another | Lyrics | iTunes 

Only ten months after releasing “Not Fighters,” we surprised everyone (even ourselves) by putting this CD out.  Other than Strange Day in Mexico, this is probably our favorite.  Only time will tell if that’s simply because it’s our newest or if it’s because it’s really our best produced and a great (although eclectic) collection of songs.

decade-clintons-band-cd-cover-art2009 | Decade the Best of 10 Years | iTunes

Decade: The Best of 10 years has 14 classic songs and 5 brand new songs.  If you order the physical CD the liner notes contain a time-line depicting 34 notable & interesting happenings and 27 photos that span over the last ten years.

When we all get drunk together and talk about the last ten years, we realize a couple things; a.) We wouldn’t exchange those ten years for anything and  b.) we’ve come a long way, but not really.  We’re just now getting the hang of this whole music thing and we’re way more excited for the next ten years than we are about dwelling in the past ten years and c.) A.J. probably got the better end of the ten years.  Lucky bastard.

sellout2011 | Sellout | iTunes

Sellout was 100% fan funded and is a testament to the loyalty of Clintons fans everywhere.  When The Clintons started the Kickstarter project asking fans to pledge between $10 and $1000 towards the recording of the new CD and the filming of the album’s first music video, the fans answered with an amazing $21,141 in only 30 days.

Sellout was produced by the band’s former bass player, Andrew Petroff.

22 Responses to

  1. Jules March 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    I was digging through some of my old college stuff (from Bozeman) and stumbled across a CD wrapped in a t-shirt. Both are from you guys! I remember seeing you play in Missoula, where I managed to get a shirt signed by all four band members, and I picked up a CD that looks like it was a copy of an original. It’s just a burned disc that has “RTV 2004 – Clintons mp3 format” written on it. I have to say, it was a blast from the past, and it reminded me of how much fun I had in Montana while I was in school. Thanks for the memories! =)

  2. Jon Teal May 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    hey! how are you guys!

  3. William R Houghton February 22, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Come to Texas and play PLEASE!

  4. Dan Sage May 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Have you guys ever thought about doing Milwaukee’s (WI) Summerfest? It’s a pretty awesome week+ music festival. I think you guys would love it. Google it.

  5. Nick April 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Hey I heard you on the radio today in Eau Claire WI and I am defiantly coming to Whiskey Dicks tonight to watch you!!!

  6. Kori March 19, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Crap you guys, I am so far behind on life right now! I am so sorry I have missed so much and not done better at keeping in touch. You guys are rockin as usual though (no surprise) and are kicking some ass! I would expect nothing less my friends…keep it up! I will do better at keepin up and keeping in touch I promise…cant believe it’s been 12 years! Crazy! Time goes too fast. Love to you all

  7. cassidy knettel March 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    hey guys!!!! miss you all bunches! ha ha music is great!

  8. Sven January 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    I haven’t seen you guys live yet cause I live in Europe but I listen to your songs every day (thanks for shipping them here) !
    You should make t-shirts, I’d buy em!

  9. Amber Davis December 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm #


    I just want to thank you guys for the awesome music you play! I am from Bozeman, I joined the AF last year, and I am now stationed in Florida! I was able to see you at music on main last summer while I was home on leave, but that just isn’t enough Clintons for me! Just about every music player on my computer is blocked with our security filter, but somehow you site manages to slip through! That means Me+Clintons+Everday at work= :D Hooray!

    Hopefully you guys will be playing somewhere close on my next trip back to MT! I will be watching your schedule!

  10. Tom J. December 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m a college student in Oregon and one day my friend friend from Billings told me I had to listen to this group from home so she had me listen to your Strange Day In Mexico album and I LOVED it. I listen to it constantly and 2 years ago she got me your Have Another album. I wish I could see you guys perform because she always tells me how fun it is to see you guys perform! Linfield College would love to have you guys come out and do a show in Oregon!!

  11. Chris F. December 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    This last summer my family and I traveled through Appalachia. It was there that I was struck by how much music and geography are intertwined with one another. Bluegrass music takes on a whole new level of meaning when listened to in its original setting. And so it is with The Clintons. After moving to Montana from California six years ago (I now call myself a “recovering Californian”) we have come to enjoy The Clintons’ music because it is as expansive, eclectic, and free-of-pretense as the state from which they come. Their music has become one of the soundtracks of our life in Montana.

  12. Kerry R (a.k.a D.A.) November 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    I remember when I lived in Adelaide, S.A a long time ago I got my hands on the first bootleg… And I instantly fell in love!! I don’t know this for sure but I think I was the first Australian-based fan of the band…

    To date I have still never seen the band play (poo!) but I did however see John play on guitar for his Tuesday Nightcap when Lyndon & I flew over the pond to Bozeman MT for the week… That was a night to remember!!! I do hope that one day I get the chance to see the band in their element… But for now – I’ll stick to the Tuesday Nightcap & listening to all the music I have…


  13. kacey olson November 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I love the fellas because they seem to love me! I’ve been accused often of being a groupie… Ok, so maybe I am. But they are just completely down to earth Montana guys. And I’m so glad they don’t wear skinny jeans. They have their own sense of style and their own kind of music. They don’t sound like anyone else. They lead- they don’t follow. They rock. Can’t wait til New years eve!!

  14. Kathleen Pace November 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Love to see/hear the Clintons any chance I get. On road trips we listen to Strange Day in Mexico CD – a family favorite! One of the memorable times we saw you was at a Labor Day picnic at John and Rhonda’s in Helena. It was a few years ago and we all brought our kids and they loved you guys too! Also love seeing you at the Jingle Bell Jam at the Intermountain Festival of Trees. Always a pleasure to see and hear you perform. Quailiy entertainment for sure!

  15. Chris November 23, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Bartending at the Railyard in Billings MT, it is always great when the Clintons play. Not only do they put on one hell of a show, but they also treat the bar staff amazing! Come back anytime guys.

  16. Amber M November 23, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    John told all of my friends (when I was in 8th grade) that he wrote the lovely-perfect-endless wedding song for me;) Back then he was just my older cousin’s friend, but now that we’re all getting ‘mature’ my husband and I LOVE the Clinton’s and always feel like family when we hit shows on the road and at home! You guys are FANTASTIC!!

  17. Denelle Doescher November 23, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    I have known John for 12 years. We rocked the casino at The Bay in Bozeman. I remember watching them play in the garage, throwing beats out there creating what they do best. I also remember when the name “Road Apples” was an option..haha. I told John once, you will go far with your band…and look I was right. Miss you!!

  18. Scott Sterling November 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Three words: BassCam, GuitarCam, and CongaCam. Clinton’s are on 11th & Grant Thursday, January 20, on MontanaPBS! Thanks guys. Oh yea, Floor Tom Cam too.

  19. Kim C November 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Fall of 2000 we went to Missoula for the CAT/griz game. We were downtown on Friday night and see a sign on the door of the bar across the street from Stocks that was advertising the Clintons free the next night. At the time the Clintons were $10-$20 cover in Bozeman.

    We loaded up that bar with Bobcat fans and Ian (I believe) lead us all in Eat S&^& Grizzlies Go Cats Go.

  20. Hayden November 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I remember when I lived in Montana my mom would bring me to your concerts and we would get I think it’s called the pickle barrel and then come watch you guys. My mom had a friend in the band! I love your guys music. I tell my friends about it and they are like hmmm never heard of them I say they are a really good band! I would love to see you guys preform again!(:


  21. Crystal S. November 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    I love the Clintons! I heard them for the first time on my 21st birthday when they played at Blarney’s in Dinkytown. They sang happy birthday to me! :)


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