Mike McClure Deserves More Than a Cult Following

If you live outside of Oklahoma and Texas, I don’t imagine the name Mike McClure rings too many bells for you – but it should. McClure is one of those artists that has a steadfast cult following – while at Medicine Stone I saw more Mike McClure shirts than possibly any other artist – but doesn’t get the name recognition he probably deserves outside of that fanbase.

McClure was the frontman of The Great Divide for many years before the group split and he started making solo albums, producing, and writing with artists you’d definitely recognize. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Whiskey Myers, and Turnpike Troubadours are just a few of the artists he’s produced and/or written for. Due to producing and collaborating with Cody Canada many times over the years, one of the shirts I remember seeing multiple of while down in OK was the “Canada McClure 20XX” shirts signifying the wearer’s desire for the two to run for office.

The reason I bring this all up is that the song below – Horseshoe – is just the tip of the iceberg on McClure. If you dig the artists he’s collaborated with, it’s worth checking out the rest of his extensive musical collection. For Horseshoe itself, I love the way this song is written with lines like:

There’s a horseshoe welded on the bumper of a truck, that’s in front of me and maybe it’ll bring a little luck

Or

The only thing roaming ever got me was lonely and the feeling of rolling back home

You can’t go wrong with any of the artists McClure has produced or written for, so it’s about time you check out his own stuff too.