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He has shared the big stage with the likes of Bruce Spring­steen and the E Street Band but Jake Cle­mons will be go­ing small when he vis­its the Gold Coast for Bleach* Fes­ti­val to­mor­row.

The Amer­i­can is host­ing a two-set show at Cur­rumbin’s Sound­lounge fea­tur­ing the soul­ful sounds from his up­com­ing al­bum Bit­ter­sweet.

His first set will be a solo, acous­tic per­for­mance in which he will ex­plore his reper­toire be­fore bring­ing out his band.

Cle­mons loves tour­ing Australia and has fond mem­o­ries of the coun­try, even though last year’s visit ended in tur­moil.

The singer/song­writer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist had to rush back to Amer­ica af­ter learn­ing his fa­ther was dy­ing.

“I was in Mel­bourne and there was an ac­ci­dent,” he says.

“I had to fly home but I was able to be with my Dad as he passed away.

“The peo­ple of Australia were ex­tremely kind and they helped me through the dif­fi­cult time.”

Cle­mons’ new mu­sic ex­plores the win-some-los­esome na­ture of life and his per­sonal jour­ney through the grief of los­ing his fa­ther.

“Life is hard so thank God you get some sweet mo­ments to help us along,” he says. “We all take some losses and we all have gains.”

Cle­mons is look­ing for­ward to trad­ing the big stage for a more in­ti­mate set­ting. He says some of his best per­for­mances have been in smaller venues.

“Dur­ing my Euro­pean tour last year I played 13 shows and booked two of them in­side peo­ple’s living rooms,” he says.

“One of the things I’ve learned is to make each show a unique mo­ment.

“A con­cert is like a first date, and oc­ca­sion­ally a sec­ond. You’re still try­ing to get to know each other.

“When you take away the big stage and the guard rails, it just el­e­vates the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Amer­i­can mu­si­cian Jake Cle­mons is ton­ing down.

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