"Jr. Cline and the Recliners, whose rocking blues-soul has been satisfying area crowds for over 30 years, are playing Rams Head On Stage… With Daryl “Junior” Cline up front and a solid horn section, the band has laid down that sweet soul music from Key West to Manhattan and most places in between over the years… Of late Cline has folded in some of the music from his roots in West Virginia to the Memphis soul to fill the dance floor… Rhythm and blues songstress Julia Nixon will be a special guest."
E.B. "Pat" Furgurson III
“Where Jr. Cline and the Recliners are playing, there will be people dancing. They will leave the dance floor the way one gets out of a whitewater kayak that has completed its run – soaked and exhilarated. …it is the singing of Daryl Junior Cline that puts the band over the top. He not only has the pipes, he has the soul and the ear; he feels and understands what he is singing, and he puts that across to the audience.”
“First thing to know about Daryl Jr. Cline is he has a heart as big as his native West Virginia, and is always the first guy to lend a hand to anyone who needs it. A true heavyweight in the business, Jr. Cline has opened for Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Muddy Waters, Archie Bell and Steppenwolf. With the Recliners, he’s recorded five CDs and played at the White House for Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
“…soul revivalists Jr. Cline and the Recliners are...a well-oiled soul machine. Cline’s rhythm section knocked out a flawless Memphis backbeat, while the horns answered Cline’s vocals in perfect counterpoint.”
“Several Washington-area groups have many years behind them, but few with as many miles and road dates as…Junior Cline and the Recliners. Like any motivated group…they’ve been hugely successful playing their mix of Motown, rock and blue-eyed soul… The Recliners, who have opened up for just about every soul and Motown act to come through town, are in demand…”
“Cline…forces us to respect his own distinctive takes on (cover) songs with vocals that are so robust and relaxed that they create satisfying variations. Rather than imitating the originals, he simply sings from the heart and uses a full-bodied horn section as the answering choir to his preaching. Junior Cline is a diminutive vocalist with the gravelly, convincing voice of a Levon Helm. Cline’s octet is marked by unusual rapport and discipline… It’s the kind of big voice that allows the singer to hold a little back without starving the song. The part that’s held back enables the singer to imply more than what’s said. Cline can seduce the listener with a delivery that’s Sam Cooke smooth, but when he needs to, he can get Wilson Pickett gritty.”
“Like another diminutive white soul belter, Van Morrison, Junior’s size is an arresting contrast to the brawny sounds that come out of him. But unlike Morrison…Junior’s style is full of southern charm. His ‘no sweat’ approach to his music is parceled out in the language of a low-key country gentleman.”
“To hear Cline sing…is to hear a great soul voice – gritty, impassioned and totally convincing. Cline’s material at its best encompasses light reggae, a moody narrative ballad and loose-limbed rhythm and blues; all point to Cline’s promise as a songwriter.”
“…his debut album, Junior Cline & the Recliners...highlights Cline’s own compositions: the bubbly pop enthusiasm of ‘Rainy Day Matinee,’ the beach-party feel of ‘What Was That Feeling?’ or the Stax soul shout of ‘Falling Fools’. There’s a stoic calm in his resonant voice as…guitar or…horns turn each jingly melody into a rhythmic riff. When Cline pleads with a friend to understand that ‘The Girl’s Trying To Please,’ he manages to sound knowing and desperate all at once. When he laments forlornly that ‘Young Girls (Fall in Love Too Soon),’ his sing-along vocal balances sadness with an acceptance of the ways of the world.”
“Jr. Cline and the Recliners opened for Tina (Turner) with a short sweet set of Memphis Soul presented with the respect of well-schooled archivists.”
Daryl Jr. Cline and his band, The Recliners, have been making wonderful, soulful music for decades. A great blend of soul, blues and R&B with a rockin' edge, they remain great after all these years. Daryl is a friend and a favorite of mine, a soulful singer/songwriter that leads The Recliners with a heartfelt joy that you can't miss when you hear or see them. If you get the chance, don't miss it. You'll love them. I always have.
The Recliners and I go all the way back to the mid 80’s where I first listened to Daryl and his band in downtown Frederick and knew then he was the band to follow. His soulful voice and mix of songs from Van Morrison to Otis Redding and even a little country will keep you coming back again and again. Through the years he has surrounded himself with the best musicians’ in the DC/Baltimore area... I have had Daryl and The Recliners play at many of my party’s through the years and they have always been one hundred percent rocking. To this day, Jr. and The Recliners are my first choice in bands. My wife Susan and I love to listen and to dance and bring many of our friends to enjoy. I only hope Daryl keeps singing and playing that music we love to hear many more years to come.
If you are looking for a band for that special occasion don’t hesitate to give The Recliners the opportunity to make it the best. From my heart I still think Daryl sings Van Morrison’s songs just as good or better than Van does the way he pours the lyrics out.
Thanks for all the good times through the years.
Daryl Jr. Cline is a performer & writer of songs that are immediately iconic, accessible and unique. Jr. Cline and The Recliners have been the soundtrack of the DC area for three decades. A music survivor with tales of hard won redemption in his songs.
Like so many, I am unreserved in my endorsement of Daryl Jr. Cline, whether fronting the Recliners or his trio! I have been a fan of Jr. Cline and the Recliners for more than 25 years.
When I found myself in a position at Father Martin’s Ashley to book a band for our annual Alumni Reunion, I jumped at the opportunity to bring Daryl and his gang to Father Martin’s. The results were tremendous: everyone raved. We’ve now had them join us for the last five years...
Daryl is an amazing combination of talent, professionalism and heart. He delivers…every time!
I wanted to thank you and the band again, for helping to make my July 5th party so special and amazing. We all had so much fun dancing to your great music and could have kept dancing all night!! I had tons of people tell me how talented and awesome you guys are and how much they enjoyed the band. The party definitely wouldn't have been the same without your band there. You guys always give a great performance, but not surprised, as we have had the band play at my personal party's in the past. You and the band always are professional and sound great! ...We really appreciate all the hard work and energy that you and the band put into making the night so Awesome!
I have had the fortune of knowing and hiring Daryl Jr. Cline and his band since 1985. Since that time, Daryl and I have formed an honest friendship based off his professional approach and talents for delivering an outstanding performance. Jr. Cline and the Recliners have played at several of my events alone and each time their performance help cement my legacy alone as a quality promoter and entertainer.
To this day, I am most comfortable recommending Daryl and his band to play at any function. After all, I have acted as his agent on several appearances, and all our clients have requested his return. Most recently, those appearances include the Horseshoe Casino, Maryland Live, CB Charities, Governor O’Malley’s St Patrick Day Party and the Scaregrounds Halloween Party.
If Jr. Cline and the Recliners are playing, you better be ready for a great time!!
I have been following Junior Cline and the Recliners for almost 25 years. Junior is an incredible musician, covering numerous artists ranging from Rock to Soul to Jazz to Country. A gifted song writer as well, his "Give them Wings" tribute to a former Recliner who passed away became forever linked to the victims of 9/11. His voice has that tone which puts the blue-eyed soul into so many of his songs, especially the Van Morrison songs. Daryl is extremely critical when it comes to picking the "just right" musician to join the Recliners. He makes sure they blend together to create the ultimate musical experience. His music has the crowd up and dancing with the very first song.
...I hired him to play at one of my first establishments and I saw that the audience loved him! ...They love the rocking rhythm and blues sound and the brass along with it, playing songs they know and love. It energizes them and everyone seems to come alive... I really like that I see an increase in the number of guests and sales...when he’s booked. I’d recommend him to anyone looking for great music... You GO, Jr. Cline!
Washington Area Music Association