Jr. Cline and The Recliners have shared the stage with such stars as Bo Diddley, Sam & Dave, and Junior Walker and opened for Jim Messina, Tina Turner, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Wilson Pickett, and Muddy Waters.


Washington Area Music Association

Best Male Vocalist – Jr. Cline

Best Artist/Group – Jr. Cline & The Recliners

Best Recording – Jr. Cline & The Recliners


Baltimore Magazine

Best R&B Band – Jr. Cline & The Recliners


“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.”
Bill Hooper

Baltimore Scene Magazine


“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.”
Kevin Cowherd

Baltimore Sun


“…Jr. Cline and the Recliners are a mighty, well-oiled soul machine. Cline’s rhythm section knocked out the audience with a flawless Memphis backbeat, while the horns answered Cline’s vocals in perfect counterpoint.”
Joe Sasy

The Washington Post


“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…”
Sean Piccoli

The Washington Times


“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.”
Geoffrey Himes

The Washington Post


“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.”
Wayne Cresser

Unicorn Times


“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.”
Mike Joyce

The Washington Post


“…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.”
Geoffrey Himes

The Washington Post


“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.”
Robert Hinton

City Paper


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