Cliff Westfall

Baby You Win

New album, Baby You Win, out July 13.

New York-based, Kentucky-bred songwriter Cliff Westfall can make you laugh out loud or cry in your beer – sometimes in the same song. Whether delivering an uptempo country shuffle or a sentimental weeper, he dives headlong into tales of heartache, loss and addiction, transforming them into hook-laden gems with a mixture of cleverness and bravado. Indeed, for Westfall, that transformation is central to what country music is all about.

New York-based country songwriter Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, addiction… you know, funny songs. Or he can turn on a dime and dive headlong into a sentimental weeper. The Kentucky native delivers with a mixture of wit and bravado that, for Westfall, is central to what country music is all about. On his new album, Baby You Win, to be released July 13, 2018, he’s assembled a crew of some of New York’s best musicians to explore a new idea of Americana, drawing inspiration from sources often forgotten by the current country scene. 

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Baby you win - to be released july 13

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Baby You Win was produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, the Ramones, Antony and the Johnsons, Evan Dando, Phish, Akron Family) and Graham Norwood at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY and features:

  • Electric guitar: Scott Metzger (Shooter Jennings, Wolf!, Phil Lesh, Joe Russo's Almost Dead) 
  • Electric and acoustic guitar, harmony vocals: Graham Norwood (Bryan Scary, Ward White) 
  • Pedal steel: Dan Iead (Norah Jones, Valerie June, Cass McCombs) 
  • Bass: Jeremy Chatzky (Ronnie Spector, Bruce Springsteen, Laura Cantrell) 
  • Drums: David Christian (Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, Mary Timony's Helium, Sam Cohen, Hospitality, Sweet Cream) 
  • Keyboards: Charlie Giordano (Bruce Springsteen) 
  • Guest harmonies from Matthew Horn (A Don Piper Situation) on "Sweet Tooth," "Hanging On," and "The Man I Used to Be."
  • Guest harmonies from Barbara Endes (Girls on Grass) on "A Lie If You Must."

If you'd like a pre-release copy, please reach out to Devon Léger at Hearth Music/HearthPR:


Recent News and Highlights:

  • "More and More," the first track released from the forthcoming album Baby You Win, premiered on PopMatters alongside kind words about the song and the upcoming album.
  • "More and More" was a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. The competition is held each year at the legendary MerleFest with this year's judges consisting of Rodney Crowell and Johnny Williams.
  • Baby You Win was featured in the New York Music Daily and Westfall's live performance was named part of "the best Americana triplebill of the year."

In the current country landscape, Cliff Westfall’s music is a refreshing breeze. Drawing influence from the timeless hooks and unmatched wit of artists like Roger Miller and Chuck Berry, Westfall incorporates a dose of old-school know-how into his art. The broad scope of his retro roots ingenuity can be felt on his new album, Baby You Win, set to be released on 13 July. As it were, some of the most cunning and richly melodic country to grace us in the genre’s contemporary era comes from a singer-songwriter who hails from the Big Apple.
— PopMatters
Westfall’s album Baby You Win is as strong and memorable a retro songwriter as Pokey LaFarge – no joke. It takes you back to an era of neon-lit jukeboxes, tailfins, beer cans that you could crush in one hand only if you were really strong…and ten-cent drafts. And Westfall matches the honkytonk ambience with innumerable clever musical and lyrical details that fill out the picture. 
— New York Music Daily