John Ciambotti (Clover, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello)

“Let’s do that one that sounds like The Byrds”, referring to “(The Angels Want to Wear My) Red Shoes”… while a novice songwriter was busy trying to cover his tracks…” – Elvis Costello.




Courtesy of Elvis Costello Com

He anchored the renowned Bay Area band Clover (which featured a pre-News Huey Lewis) and Declan McManus’ watershed bow My Aim Is True (1977).





An in-demand session ace on upright and electric with Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), John Prine, Nick Lowe, Norton Buffalo, Carlene Carter, and Jim Lauderdale, to cite a few, the late John Ciambotti plied his craft working the supportive pocket and emerging as a melodic foil with a warm, resonant tone. Attraction Bruce Thomas rendered John’s lines as does Imposter Davey Faragher whenever Elvis renders a song from his debut – that’s how vital John’s work remains.

Following his music career, John Ciambotti healed musicians as a specialized chiropractor.



John Ciambotti Sound & Vision…


With Clover:

“Chicken Funk”  

“Bad Is Bad”

Clover (1977)

With Elvis Costello:

“(The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes)”


With Lucinda Williams:

“Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

“Drunken Angel”

“Passionate Kisses”

“Sweet Old World”