Ida Clare


  • From Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Formed in 2014 by Lea Cockrell (guitar/vocals) at her coffee shop, calling themselves “Total Strangers.” Other members: Robin Thixton (banjo), Jim Wheatley (Mandolin) and Mark Miller (Bass)
  • 2017, they changed their name to Ida Clare.
  • Fun Fact: Lea Cockrell played in a band called New Horizon as a teenager in the early 80s. The banjo player for
    that band was Murrell Thixton who would eventually meet and marry banjo player Robin Thixton who became the banjo player with Ida Clare.
  • 2017, won first place at the inaugural band contest at the John Hartford Memorial Festival held in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
  • 2018, released their first self titled album (no label).
  • 2021, Nick Stevens (bass) joins the band. He owns Downtown Recording Studio in Louisville.
  • 2023, released Ida Two album (no label).