Clinton’s Ditch: A blend of sounds that is truly American

Stage. Joe, Sean, Chris and Max of Clinton’s Ditch want us to “Dig” the Ditch Saturday, July 16 at 3:15pm at the Country Bluegrass Stage.

When did you realize you wanted to be a musical artist?
We have always been interested in music. All members of the band are self-taught on our current instruments, but have played various instruments since a young age.

What sparked that passion?
Great bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead, just to name a few.





When did you first start pursuing your passion/career?
We all have been in previous bands going back since 1997 that have played out professionally. Clinton’s Ditch formed in the fall of 2009 and has been evolving ever since. In 2010, we began playing a monthly show at Artisan Works, a 40,000 square foot art space in Rochester, NY. Since then we have been playing bars and parties around the greater Rochester region.



How would you describe your music?

Clinton’s Ditch seamlessly blends together elements of blues, rock, bluegrass, reggae, and folk to create a sound that is truly American. We play mostly original music written by two songwriters, and everyone chimes in on harmonies.

Where is your music featured and sold?
Our music has been spreading by word of mouth and by fans sharing our recordings. We have played throughout the Rochester area and as far as Geneseo and Fairhaven, NY. We also have music on our website,

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?
We consistently receive positive feedback from new listeners. Many claim we have a very unique and new sound yet adhere to a certain vintage appeal. One of our more memorable experiences was to be complimented by an 18-year-old Goth-rocker and an 80-year-old art lover at the same show!

What has inspired you the most and why?
We draw inspiration from everything around us … nature, family, friends and of course the music of other artists!

What projects are you currently working on?
We have several albums worth of original material. We recently recorded our first EP, and are looking into recording our first full length album in the fall.

What do you feel you will bring to the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival?
We will bring a unique blend of American music that will keep your feet moving and your head bobbing!

What should attendees expect to see from your performance at this year’s Festival?
We don’t know what you’ll see, but we can guarantee that you will hear over an hour of original music that will keep you “Digging” the Ditch!

What’s something people may not already know about you?
We all grew up around Rochester, and wanted our name to reflect our local heritage. Clinton’s Ditch refers to one of our favorite fishing spots … the Erie Canal. NY Governor Dewitt Clinton broke ground on the Erie Canal in 1817. At the time, many people thought that it was an impossible task, and negatively dubbed the project “Clinton’s Big Ditch”. Time would tell.