Before he was even ten years old, singer/songwriter and guitarist Cliff Eberhardt knew the performing life was one he would embrace. Eberhardt grew up in a musical family, and despite growing up after the advent of television, he and his brothers and parents all sang together and played instruments. His father bought him his first guitar and he quickly learned to play, and got an additional education in his youth because of the family home's proximity to the Main Point Coffee House, one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast. In his youth, he listened far and wide to a diverse array of artists, including but not limited to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt. He also listened, thanks to his parents, to Great American Songbook songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers & Hart.