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Solo Album Helps Frontman Recover From Clem Snide Breakup

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The end of Clem Snide was not easy on frontman Eef Barzelay.

“Everything kind of fell apart,” says the Israeli-born Barzelay, 38, who founded the Americana rock band in 1991 and guided it to its demise in 2005. “It got really ugly. I had a very nasty, bitter divorce with my ex-manager. Then I kinda had a falling out with one of the guys in the band, who was an old friend. And then I lost my agent, the two labels that were putting out the Clem Snide records both dissolved ...

“So there was definitely a moment when after having done it for almost 10 years, I was sort of back to square one. That was humbling.”

But Barzelay, who resides in Nashville, has gotten his footing back. He’s ventured into film scoring with last year’s “Rocket Science” and the forthcoming “Yellow Handkerchief.”

And after a low-key 2006 acoustic release called “Bitter Honey,” he’s issued “Lose Big,” his first full-fledged solo album, which he recorded in 2006 at good pal Ben Folds’ studio in Music City.

“I’d say two-thirds of the songs on that record I wrote in just under a week’s time,” Barzelay recalls. “I had this one kind of frantic, inspired week where they just came to me one after the other. I felt a kind of desperate liberation doing this (album) that was inspiring,”

Eef Barzelay performs Wednesday (June 25) in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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