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JACK H. CLEMENT (1931-2013) "The Cowboy"
Note: The Cowboy Jack Clement news page will continue here with announcements, accomplishments, and events of the many he so profoundly influenced, as well as ongoing features about the legend himself.

July 15, 2014
FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL - Cowboy Jack Clement
FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL

I.R.S. Records Nashville's first release - available at Amazon, iTunes and fine record stores everywhere - listen to some samples here

REVIEWS
USA Today
Nashville Scene
NPR -Ken Tucker
Music News Nashville

April 14, 2014
Cowboy with Ferg
NEW COWBOY ALBUM ANNOUNCED

Cowboy Jack Clement's final record "For Once and For All", produced by David Ferguson (pictured above with Jack) and Matt Sweeney, is coming out on July 15th, 2014 on I.R.S. Records Nashville
From the NO DEPRESSION blog:
Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dickey Lee, Shawn Camp, Dierks Bentley, Jim Rooney, Jim Lauderdale, Will Oldham, his daughter Alison Clement, and more. That album, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL, will drop this July 15 as the first release from IRS Nashville. As the album's press release says, "This is Cowboy's final album, his swan song. There are only three Cowboy Jack Clement records. He didn't like to rush things. Sometimes he'd wonder what the smartest man in the world might do, and he'd figure the smartest man in the world might just wait things out."

 

March 21, 2014
ACM Trophy Poet's Award
ACM POET'S AWARD

The envelope, please: ACM POET'S AWARD. ENCINO, CA (March 21, 2014) "Today, the Academy of Country Music announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. AND THE WINNER IS ..." Jack Clement (awarded posthumously). Dean Dillon, Kris Kristofferson, and Buck Owens, have previously been selected to receive the Poet's Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music. Cowboy Jack Clement, whose career stretched back to Sun Records, where the Memphis native mixed 1950s recording sessions by Johnny Cash. Two of Cash's early hits were written by Clement: 'Ballad of a Teenage Queen' and 'Guess Things Happen That Way.' A few years later in Texas, George Jones cut Clement's 'Girl I Used to Know'. In Nashville, Clement opened a publishing company and signed Bob McDill, Allen Reynolds and Don Williams. Clement joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in April 2013, four months before his death.

 

 

 

October 10, 2013
Nashville Scene tribute
HONORED BY THE NASHVILLE SCENE

"Why wait until death for folks to say kind words about you? Jack Clement always did things backwards from everybody else, so it makes sense he'd gather encomiums and testimonials pledged by everyone from Bono to President Bill Clinton — before he slipped into a pine box. He expected the world to dance to the tune in his head, the one that supplied him perpetually with a half-smile of private amusement, and for too little time we got to join in his conga line. Hijacking his own tribute show with an epic shamble through "Brazil", he seized one last chance to do what he did best: rescue joy and spontaneity from the threat of orderly procession." -Jim Ridley

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2013


Cowboy Jack Clement in 1978
JACK H. CLEMENT (1931-2013) "The Cowboy"

We all knew this day was coming. Still, that hardly makes it easier. As Jim Rooney noted in the bio he wrote back in the 80s: "To imagine the world of country music for the past thirty years without Jack Clement would be to imagine the world without flowers or birds."

 

When Charlie Rich, Jr. and I put this site together at Cowboy's behest in 2004, I used as a tag line "Nashville's Pied Piper", after an insert section within the pages of BILLBOARD in 1971. Yet in the intervening years, while Jack has mostly been going strong, he struck me more as the Wizard of Oz -- a man who could seem, on the outside, unassuming and not extraordinarily special, but whose effect on those who came in contact with him was magic. The only word for it.

 

In a strange way, without explicit direction, he somehow brought out talents in people that were already there, except they did not recognize or realize them, until being caught within his aura. I speak from personal experience. And know that in the coming days we will hear from many others, some famous , some obscure. Already, I am overwhelmed keeping up with the various posts.
- Will Smith, aka Webb Seitz (a name Jack came up with), webmaster www.JackClement.com

 


In left-hand column of most pages, random quotes appear, most are "Cowboyisms", but there are others, which I deemed applicable, and in this case:

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves - Lao Tzu"


As usual, our go-to chronicler is Peter Cooper, singer-songwriter-producer-blogger for THE TENNESSEAN:
COWBOY JACK OBIT


Publicity shot (photoshopped) Elektra Records 1978

 

 

 


Cowboy visitation
MEMORIAL

There will be a Celebration of Life and Visitation Service for Cowboy Jack Clement this Sunday, August 18th from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Douglas Corner Cafe, 2106 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking that donations be made to one of the two following charities: Nashville Humane Association (615) 352-1010 or the Music Health Alliance Cowboy Jack Clement Fund (800) 721-5098. Any other expressions of love and respect may be sent to ClementVision, 3405 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215.
Many thanks to Mervin Louque of Douglas Corner.

Overflow parking available at the new Gruhn Guitars parking lot On the corner of 8th Ave and Prentice

 

 

 

 

OBITS

TENNESSEAN - Peter Cooper

ABC NEWS - Chris Talbott

EXAMINER - Jim Bessman

NPR - Nina Cardona

CMT - Edward Morris

NY TIMES - Bill Friskics-Warren

PEOPLE - Associated Press

VARIETY - Andrew Barker

WASHINGTON POSt - Julie Zauzmer

BLUEGRASS TODAY - Daniel Mullins

MUSIC ROW - Jessica Nicholson

ROLLING STONE - James Sullivan

 


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August 15, 2013
Keith Bilbrey Tribute to Jack
RADIO TRIBUTES

Thursday night, August 15, Music City Roots emcee Keith Bilbrey will host a special 90-minute tribute to Clement on his nightly Roots Radio Hour on Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. The show can be streamed at www.hippieradio945.com. Keith's guests will include some of Jack's best friends and coolest colleagues. Shawn Camp, a key protege and member of Cowboy's Ragtime Band, will co-host. Joining them in person or on the line will be Marshall Chapman, Dickie Lee, Rex Allen Jr, Alison Clement, Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook and more.

 

Saturday/Sunday, August 17/18, BOBBY BARE 2013 INDUCTEE INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ALONG WITH PETER COOPER WILL BE THIS WEEKEND'S SPECIAL GUEST ON "THE COWBOY JACK CLEMENT SHOW" ALONG WITH HOST ALAMO JONES ON SiriusXM Satellite Radio on Channel 60 Outlaw Country Saturday from 1-5 pm & Sunday 5-9 pm.

 

Sunday August 18, 2013 WFMU-FM 91.1 (New York/New Jersey) from Laura Cantrell: Riding for Monica Lynch on the airwaves of WFMU tonight from 7-9PM EST. Will be saying goodbye to my friend Cowboy Jack Clement, some new music too, see you on the airwaves ..

 

Tuesday August 20, 2013 Jay Patten and Roger Cook are going to be on WAMB (1200 am/99.3 fm) between 4 and 5 this afternoon with Dave Eastman.We'll be talkin about Jack Clement and his tremendous contributions to music

 

 

April 10, 2013
Cowboy goes to the Hall
HALL OF FAME 2013 [!]

After a 60 year career excelling in virtually every facet of the industry, Cowboy has been announced as the newest member of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. Jack will be among familiar company - having had a hand in the careers of so many of those previously inducted. Thank you friends and supporters, including Robert K. Oermann, Marty Stuart, and T-Bone "WTF" Burnett.


Here's the Cowboy doing his Johnny Cash impression.

 

January 30, 2013
Cowboy Tribute Concert 1/30/13
HONORING A LEGEND: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement

Honoring a Legend: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement, presented by Artist Growth, was held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Matt Urmy, founder of Artist Growth, and Dub Cornett, a long time protégé of Cowboy's, pulled together an A-list tribute to the music legend. The event, benefitting the MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE, was an unqualified success. Rolling Stone covered it, as did the London Daily Telegraph
Featured Artists Include:
Dan Auerbach*
Marshall Chapman
Alison Clement
Rodney Crowell
Jakob Dylan
Amos Lee
Emmylou Harris**
Charley Pride**
John Prine
T-Bone Burnett*
Tim O'Brien
Billy Burnette
Shawn Camp*
Mary Gauthier
Kenny Vaughan
Sam Bush
Kris Kristofferson**
Allen Reynolds
Jim Rooney
Dickey Lee
Del McCoury
Ronnie McCoury
Nikki Lane
John C. Reilly
*Grammy-nominated for 2013
**Country Music Hall of Fame

 

And a band made up at varying times of
Ronnie McCoury
Jay Patten
Kenny Malone
Joey Miskulin
Mark Howard
Kenny Vaughan
and a host of others

 

The evening was one highlight after another, but certainly the emotional climax came when the Cowboy himself took the stage and delivered what would have been a strong set from a man a quarter his age.

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2013
NASHVILLE SCENE
COVER BOY

Wonderful cover article in THE NASHVILLE SCENE written by Edd Hurt

 

 

 

January 27, 2013
Jim Rooney
ROONEY NEWS

Dear friends, Bill Keith and I will be live-streaming our upcoming concert at Club Passim, Sunday, Jan. 27, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of "Livin' On The Mountain." Concert starts at 4:30pm ET. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! You can purchase online tickets for $5 anytime at link above (click pic), and the webcast will be viewable on computers, iPhones, and iPads. The show will not be recorded, but you can watch it live in HD. Playing with us will be Chris Brashear on fiddle and mandolin and Bill's son Martin Keith on upright bass. If you can't be with us in person, join us online. - Jim Rooney

Friends, I'm happy to announce that my book "Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters" is back in circulation, available as a book-on-demand from Amazon and as an e-book on Kindle (Amazon), Nook (Barnes and Noble) and iBook (Apple), with photographs by David Gahr, Carl Fleischhauer and John Byrne Cooke. The best thing about this book is how each man talks about his music. As Pete Seeger kindly said, "Anyone in the world wanting to understand American music could well start right here." Tell your friends. Many thanks, Jim Rooney

 

 

 

January 22, 2013
Barry Mazor article
JACK AND EDDIE

Article by music journalist Barry Mazor about country music icons Eddie Stubbs and Jack Clement, their contrasting styles and lasting contributions (click logo above).
It has been revealed that Cowboy is on the ballot for this year's Country Music Hall of Fame . His impact has been felt in so many different areas, they may have to create a new category for him. If you know a CMA member, put them in a headlock until they agree to vote for him. Appreciative thanks to Marty Stuart and Robert K. Oermann. You can also SIGN THE PETITION

 

 

 

January 16, 2013
Shawn Camp on THE VIEW
SHAWN CAMP goes national

Apparently, President Obama was not aware that Shawn was about to appear on network TV, accompanying actress Clare Bowen from the ABC show NASHVILLE, when the White House broke in for a special announcement. However, the number was re-scheduled to air again the next week, and, of course, the net never closes, so you can watch anytime at the link above. However, you still will not be able to escape a commercial.

We are hoping Shawn's image will grace our screens again next month if his Grammy nomination as co-producer of the BEST FOLK ALBUM pans out.

 

 

 

January 14, 2013
Friedman sketch
JUST A GIRL I USED TO KNOW

Just thought we'd post a clip of Cowboy in action - this from a couple years ago on RFD Network's Marty Stuart Show

 

 

 

January 7, 2013
Bobby Wood interview
The great Bobby Wood

Longtime Cowboy associate, piano player reflects on his incredible career with WSMV's Terry Bulger

 

 

 

December 18, 2012
review by Peter Cooper
A Whole Damn Family Christmas

It's the Tuesday before the Tuesday before Christmas, and you know what that means: time for John Prine's WHOLE DAMN FAMILY CHRISTMAS extravaganza with little Johnny Wholedamn and , that's right, the Wholedamn family. Station Inn 9pm. Including many of the regular Irregulars plus, as always, some special guests.
CLICK HERE for the only place on the web where you can get a breakdown of the Rooney roster. Peter Cooper wrote a review of last year's show, which name-checks Cowboy as being there "in spirit".
Rooney's Irregulars
This year Cowboy was there in the flesh, turning in a set of favorites backed by the Family Band: Jim Rooney, Kenny Malone, David Ferguson, Shawn Camp, Jamie Hartford, Pat McLaughlin, Richard Bailey, et al. and receiving a standing ovation. Other highlights included performances by Bobby Bare, Maura O'Connell, and Prine

 

Bobby Bare, sings
We did not know it at the time but two out the three 2013 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jack and Bobby Bare, appear on this show. (photo by Lee Ramsey, courtesy of Dr Mojo guitars) David "Ferg" Ferguson is playing bass.

 

October 6, 2012
Allen and Jack 1960s
ALLEN REYNOLDS HONORED

Allen and Dickey Lee followed Cowboy Jack from Memphis to Beaumont, TX in the early 1960s and then back to Nashville a few years later. In Texas, Dickey penned a George Jones standard and had a pop hit, "Patches", as an artist. Allen tended bar at the Tap Room, where they hung out and a music scene happened, got a big cut with the Vogue's "Five O'Clock World", and relocated to Nashville where he wrote for Jack's publishing company and acted as business manager (he had worked in a bank in Memphis), and eventually got into the production end, starting with another of Jack's writers, Don Williams. In the mid-70s, he bought one of Clement's studios, JACK'S TRACKS, and went through some musically fruitful, though financially lean times, until one day a young Okie destined for stardom knocked on the door. That youngster, pictured in the bottom row below with Allen and engineer Mark Miller at left, is now the owner of the studio, re-christened as ALLENTOWN.
Allen, Mark Miller, Garth Brooks

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor songwriter Allen Reynolds during the quarterly series "Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters." The program, which honors songwriters who have made a significant contribution to country music history, will take place October 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum's Ford Theater. The in-depth interview will include recordings, photos and film clips from the museum's Frist Library and Archive.

Apparently the program is being streamed (too bad Hank couldn't done that way): http://countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming

 

 

 

September 21, 2012


VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL

You've probably seen it. A revival of Johnny Cash's version of Cowboy's immortal "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog", famous from 1968's FOLSOM PRISON ALBUM, is now selling cars. That would make for a pretty good year for most songwriters.
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September 16, 2012
Shawn Camp, Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson
AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Next stop The Grammys - currently a nominee for BEST FOLK ALBUM

Dubbed by Cowboy as "Boy Wonder" some twenty years ago, Shawn Camp co-produced, along with Tamara Saviano, a double album tribute to his frequent writing and touring partner, Guy Clark, was named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. The work that featured contributions from a Who's Who of country-folk writers and singers, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, etc. was done over the past couple years between Nashville and Austin.

Over the years Shawn has been part of Cowboy's inner circle, performing in his band, as part of a trio with Billy Burnette, and as writer of the sign-off song for Jack's SiriusXM show. It all started back in 1989 when Shawn came by the house/studio to play on some songs by a young bluegrass band, all of whom - Ron Block, the late Butch Baldassari, Chris Jones, and Mike Bub - went on to noteworthy individual careers.
Weary Hearts - Bluegrass/Gospel band 1989

 

 

 

May 7, 2012
Cowboy Arms restoration
NEW AND IMPROVED

Nice blog post by THE TENNESSEAN'S Peter Cooper, who is not only a songwriter and journalist but a Grammy-nominated producer, about the resurrected studio at the Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa. Many thanks go to Mark Howard, who put it all back together. [photo above: John Partipilo/The Tennessean]

 

 

 

April 5, 2012


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COWBOY

Jack passes another milestone, the same week Jerry Lee gets married again (7th time's the charm). Here is a short clip of Cowboy jamming with Kenny Malone from the DVD DRUMMING WITH YOUR HANDS. Kenny, incidentally, is the guest interviewee for this month's FRIENDS OF COWBOY NEWSLETTER. You can subscribe here.
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March 28, 2012
Brown's Diner
BROWN'S DINER APPEARANCE

After getting his feet wet in the Caribbean, Cowboy continues his 2012 World Tour with a stop at Brown's Diner, Nashville's famous burger joint and world-class songwriter hangout. He'll be putting in a special guest appearance with Wednesday night regulars, the JAY PATTEN BAND. Jay, of course, has been Crystal Gayle's bandleader for two centuries now.

 

 

 

March 8, 2012
Cowboy Arms restoration
HOME SWEET HOME

After eight months of restoration, the legendary COWBOY ARMS HOTEL AND RECORDING SPA is born again. Jack and his entourage are moving back in.

 

 

 

March 6, 2012
Garth Brooks Hall of Fame induction
THE LEGACY CONTINUES

As Garth rode the rocketship to stardom, the recordings were being guided back at mission control (better known as JACK'S TRACKS) by Clement disciple, producer Allen Reynolds and his engineer, Mark Miller. Allen, at various stages, had worked for Cowboy as songwriter, business manager, engineer, and bartender, and eventually bought his studio back in the mid-70s. In fact, Garth liked the studio so much, he bought it, and it is heretofore to be known as ALLENTOWN. Brooks even cut Jack's song I Know One on his debut album.
click to buy at Amazon

NASHVILLE - The Country Music Association announced today that Garth Brooks, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, and Connie Smith will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brooks will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Smith will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Robbins will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980" category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the "Non-Performer" and "Songwriter" categories. Brooks, Robbins, and Smith will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 115 to 118 inductees.

 

 

February 6, 2012


YOU TUBE INTERVIEW

The Cowboy is interviewed by singer/songwriter/budding journalist Jacque Faye about early days at Sun and more.

 

 

January 30, 2012
Guy Clark Tribute
GUY CLARK TRIBUTE Project hits #1 on the Americana chart

Dubbed "Boy Wonder" by Cowboy a couple of decades ago, Shawn Camp has more than lived up to his promise as hit songwriter, major and minor label artist, in-demand instrumentalist and back up partner for Guy Clark and John Prine, member of two acclaimed trios - one with Cowboy and Billy Burnette and one with Big Al Anderson and Pat McLaughlin - he now adds "producer" to his credits as musical director for huge critical and now chart success, 'This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark'.
Allen Reynolds, Jack Clement, Shawn Camp, Kenny Malone
Three producers Allen Reynolds (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle), Jack Clement (Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, U2), Shawn Camp --- and their secret weapon of mass percussion --- drummer Kenny Malone

 

 

 

January 24, 2012
Click to enlarge
WORLDS COLLIDE

Here's a rare photo from 1951 of soon-to-be-Queen Elizabeth walking down the Capitol steps. Please note the US Marine on the right - one Pvt. Jack H. Clement, soon-to-be-hobnobbing with a different kind of royalty, as he played shows a couple years later with the King, Elvis Presley, then went on to discover Jerry Lee Lewis, form a fifty-year working relationship with close friend Johnny Cash, and continue to this day building a unique career in American popular music (see the several hundred pages of this site). A new book by Sally Bedell Smith chronicles the Queen's life, including the time of this visit whereupon it is revealed that, contrary to her usual staid public demeanor, the future queen would use animated hand gestures and "talk like an Italian" (we would like to see an MTV-type video of this, to the tune of "Walk Like an Egyptian").

Apparently, this photo was in LIFE MAGAZINE at the time, and when the British press got a hold of it, they ran it with a caption something like, "Pardon us, your Highness, but your slip is showing"

 

 

January 18, 2012
country music hall of fame
HALL OF FAME APPEARANCE

 

From BILLBOARD: "Nashville's music and entrepreneur worlds met under the vaulted ceilings of the Country Music Hall of Fame lobby on Jan. 17 to celebrate the launch of Artist Growth and be entertained by country legend Cowboy Jack Clement. Artist Growth has created a suite of cloud-based artist management tools for web and mobile app. Artist Growth does everything from track finances to help artists schedule their daily tasks while on the road."

 

January 17, 2012
Bobby Braddock, Jack Clement, Maggie Cavender, Harlan Howard
INTERNET PIRACY CONTROVERSY

On Bobby Braddock's FaceBook page, a spirited discussion broke out among some providers of intellectual property, concerning the SOPA anti-piracy legislation. Picture above a Mt Rushmore of sorts for country songwriters:

Maggie Cavender, founder of N.S.A.I. with 3 prominent members of its Hall of Fame: Bobby Braddock, Jack Clement, Harlan Howard, [late 1970s?]

 

 

 

December 20, 2011
review by Peter Cooper
A Whole Damn Family Christmas

An event usually staged the Tuesday before the Tuesday before Christmas, John Prine's WHOLE DAMN FAMILY extravaganza was a week later this year and packed the Station Inn with its usual cast as well as special guests Del McCoury (Del McCoury Band) and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) CLICK HERE for the only place on the web where you can get a breakdown of the (ir)regular roster. Peter Cooper wrote a review of the show, which name-checks Cowboy as being there "in spirit".
Rooney's Irregulars

 

 

December 6, 2011
Roy and Barbara Orbison
BARBARA ORBISON (1950-2011)

Barbara met Roy when she was eighteen years old and made immeasurable contributions to his career as well as his legacy. She passed away 23 years to the day after he did. Her Still Working Music was an active part of the Nashville industry, producing documentaries and publishing songs by Billy Burnette and others, including a 2011 Song of the Year hit by Taylor Swift. Roy was the first artist Jack worked with at Sun Records, and the families have been close for many years. Picture here shows Cowboy clowning with her at his 2005 Dualtone album release party.

 

 

November 18, 2011
Jammin' at Hippie Jack's
JAMMIN' AT HIPPIE JACK'S

TV show was taped - broadcast TBA. Cowboy had not been able make his scheduled appearance with Matt Urmy's Renaissance Rodeo at Hippie Jack Stoddart's FALL FESTIVAL in Crawford, TN. What some might consider the middle of nowhere becomes the center of the Americana universe for the weekend. The rest of the year, Mr. Hippie, along with his kids, small crew, and wife (Mrs. Hippie) produce an excellent series of "live" musical performances, which appear on many public TV stations.

 

 

November 12, 2011
Rockabilly Hall of Fame , Jackson, TN
ROCK-A-BILLY HALL OF FAME

Induction ceremony for Jack Clement, iconic producer for Sun Records, and Billy Burnette, son of Dorsey/nephew of Johnny, took place on Saturday afternoon in Jackson, TN. Performers included Shakedown Combo, Carl Mann, Rayburn Anthony, J M Van Eaton, Shawn Camp, Pete Pritchard, with K9 Kohl, emcee

Billy, has been in the bands of Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan as well as having appeared in 8 movies and charted 20 Billboard songs. Oh, and according to legend, this Hall of Fame's genre was named after him and his cousin, Rocky.
Jack and Billy

 

 

August 15, 2011
June 25 fire rebuilding
REBUILDING

Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Cowboy Arms is coming back to life under the watchful eye of Cousin Bob and others. (Photo by C J Flanagan)
Peter Cooper posted a heartfelt elegy about all that was lost on his blog for The Tennessean

 

 

July 2, 2011
June 25 fire aftermath
Studio after the fire

These pictures are difficult to look at, particularly for those with memories of the magic that happened in this place. For forty years, Jack's "home" studio captured the sounds of countless musicians, from the most famous in the world to the more obscure.

 

 

June 25, 2011
June 25 fire
Fire destroys The Cowboy Arms

A devastating fire broke out in the top floor recording studio of Jack Clement's home on Saturday afternoon. Total damage has yet to be assessed, but obviously the losses due to fire, smoke, and water are extensive and, for the most part, irreplaceable. No humans, felines, or guitars were hurt thanks to the fortuitous presence of Aleene Jackson's son Kevin who smelled the smoke and roused Cowboy from his afternoon nap, and due to the heroics of the Nashville firemen who, directed by engineer/bass player David Ferguson, went into the blazing building to retrieve instruments and memorabilia.

Further details and photos from The Tennessean's coverage.

Messages can be sent via the webmaster here

or posted at the Facebook page FANS OF COWBOY JACK CLEMENT

 

 

May 1, 2011
CLICK TO ENLARGE Steve Popovich, Jr.
SIRIUS XM Cowboy Jack Show enters 7th year

On the new Sirius XM dial, tune to #60 for the Outlaw Country channel to catch Jack and Alamo Saturdays 2pm - 6pm Eastern [rebroadcast Sundays at 4]. Pictured above is the show's producer since its inception, Steve Popovich, Jr. The show debuted April 30, 2005 and has had a number of special guests drop in. See some pics of Cowboy and Alamo in action (inaction?)

 

 

 

April 23, 2011
Cowboy NYC
Cowboy Rocks Big Apple to its Core

After a performance of the hit Broadway show celebrating the informal recording session overseen by Jack Clement some fifty years ago, the Cowboy joins the cast onstage for a romp through his song "It'll Be Me".

(OK, we photoshopped the poster a little.)

 

 

Here's another version [from farther out in audience]

The cast is scheduled to appear on the 4th of July TV Special "A Capitol Fourth 2011" on PBS [8pm EDT], performing with Little Richard (?).

 

 

April 22, 2011
Friedman sketch
Rare appearance in New York, New York at Joe's Pub

One of the hippest clubs in the city bumps their hipness quotient up another notch, presenting the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement for a couple of shows. Limited edition portrait, shown above, of Jack drawn by artist and musician Andy Friedman (New Yorker, NY Times, and others) (www.andyfriedmanillustration.com and www.andyfriedman.net), will be available for sale at this website for $100 each signed by Cowboy (link coming soon). $75 if you buy one at the show in New York.

 

 

 

April 21, 2011
Station Inn
Rooney's Irregulars

If you can't make it to the Big Apple by tomorrow to hear Cowboy, Jim Rooney and associates will take the stage for one of their irregularly scheduled semi-annual show. You don't know exactly who will show up, but you know they'll be good. CLICK HERE for the only place on the web where you can get a breakdown of the roster.
Rooney's Irregulars

 

 

 

April 12, 2011
CowboyJack on Twitter
It's a pleasure to tweet you

Join Jack on Twitter here

 

 

 

March 31, 2011
The Bluebird Cafe
Two Bright Nights at Belcourt Theatre

Americana Night featuring the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement, Riders in the Sky, Chuck Mead, Doc J.J. Johnson, Belmont University's Bluegrass Ensemble, and other special guests. Tickets: $20 (General Admission) / $40 (VIP Package, includes show tickets with priority seating and a pre-show wine tasting at Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village. The wine tasting, 6-7:30pm, includes a sampling of Lipman Brother's featured wines and hors d'oeuvres, plus a meet and greet opportunity with Cowboy Jack Clement.)
Notice they say "Two" Bright Nights - the evening before features Jack's cohort Shawn Camp with another stellar lineup: Doyle and Debbie, Jon and Jessi with the 18 South Band, Verlon Thompson, and the Belmont Beltones

 

February 16-21, 2011 Folk Alliance Conference, Memphis TN 2/16/11
Folk Alliance Conference, Memphis TN

CowboyJackClement.com will be setting up a booth [#79] in the exhibit hall at the annual convention of the FOLK ALLIANCE being held at the Marriott in downtown Memphis. We'll be celebrating all things Cowboy, including the SiriusXM radio show, his newsletter, past and future recordings in which Jack's had his hand, the DVD documentary SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN, etc. Also, represented will be projects of his friends and co-horts --- like John Lomax III's ROOTS MUSIC EXPORTERS and Shawn Camp's current Warner/Reprise release(s) (which recently reached #25 on the American Airplay Chart) and Kenny Malone's DRUMMING WITH YOUR HANDS DVD. Kenny will be giving a clinic on Friday at the convention center. Since one of the themes of the conference will be an ongoing John Hartford symposium, we're going to try to have related CD releases, some of which may be exclusive.

 

 

February 5, 2011
benefit appearance
Cowboy Jack and the Bluegrass Elvises entertain Catholic schoolgirls

A songwriter round with Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp is scheduled for Saturday evening at a $75 a plate dinner/auction to raise money for the Parents' Association of St. Cecilia, a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women, grades nine through twelve, owned and administered by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1860, 4 times named to the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the US list.

 

 

January 27, 2011
Shawn Camp - 1994
Shawn Camp's 1994 named #5 Reissue of 2010

A national poll of country music writers, who contribute to virtually every major print and online outlet, picked Shawn's CD 1994 in the top five of all country reissues for the past year. See [about halfway down the page] the NASHVILLE SCENE 1/27/11 . Others on the list included Hank Sr., Kristofferson, Dixie Chicks, Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Dylan, Waylon, etc.

This follows an interview segment on NPR's All Things Considered [LISTEN HERE] which discussed the unprecedented move by Warner/Reprise of re-issuing the self-titled debut recording as well as putting out this second album 17 years after it was recorded but not released. So, technically, 1994 was not a reissue, but we won't quibble. The "new" album appeared on the Top 40 Americana Music Association's Airplay Chart for 3 months

Click picture above to Buy/Listen to the album

Not to brag on him too much, but Shawn also wrote two of the songs on the Dierks Bentley record that was #2 Album of the Year in this poll and nominated for a Grammy as Country Album of Year. Here he is with the Cowboy rendering one of his tunes at the Bluebird Cafe:

 

 

 

 

January 15, 2011
Jim Rooney photo by John Byrne Cooke
Rooney Interview and Show

This month's issue of the FRIENDS OF COWBOY Email Newsletter features an extended interview with producer/author/bluegrasser/left-handed guitarist Jim Rooney. You can read it here and sign up for the future issues of the newsletter at our home page. Also, his annual birthday appearance at the Station Inn is taking place on 1/26/11, where he'll be ably supported by his Irregulars, a group whose performances are always fresh --- because they never practice.

 

 

January 5, 2011
Jack and band
CJC rockin' FB

Go to FACEBOOK to give thumbs up and/or leave a comment on the Fans of Cowboy Jack Clement page, a work in progress

 

 

December 25, 2010
Terrell Tye
Terrell Tye 1952-2010

Terrell was one of the 4 partners, along with Allen Reynolds, Jim Rooney, and Mark Miller, in FORERUNNER MUSIC, the publishing firm headquartered at Jack's Tracks. Many of the hits and album cuts from the heyday of Garth Brooks (current owner of the studio) contributed to its success. She learned the ropes under the tutelage of Bob Webster, who ran Cowboy's publishing arm. She had two sons with her first husband, Curt Allen, who was the mixing engineer on the Rooney-produced "Last of the True Believers" album by Nanci Griffith. Terrell was subsequently married to Hal Ketchum, but had moved to Alaska by herself after the sale of the publishing company in the year 2000. After falling ill she returned to Tennessee, and her last days were spent peacefully under the loving care of Mary Todd, a long-time member of Cowboy's extended family. Read a notice at Tennessean.com, where one can leave a remembrance, here.

 

 

December 3, 2010
John Lomax III
Lomax Awarded

Associate and chronicler of Jack Clement over the years, John Lomax III, of the folk music Lomaxes, was presented with the Jo Walker-Meador Award by the Country Music Association (CMA). The Jo Walker-Meador International Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting Country Music's marketing development in territories outside the United States

A journalist, manager, and wholesale distributor, John has been integrally involved in the successful careers of Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, dulcimer virtuoso David Schnaufer, Kasey Chambers, and, most recently, Sunny Sweeney.

 

 

November 19, 2010
3rd and Lindsley
3rd and Lindsley appearance

The Renaissance Rodeo Show featuring Cowboy Jack Clement, Scott Miller, Jonell Mosser, RB Morris, Matt Urmy, Jacob Jones, Derek Hoke, Jonathon Sexton, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper
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November 1, 2010
newsletter archives
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Past issues with links to lively and informative interviews about the history of country music in Nashville as it relates to Cowboy Jack Clement have been posted here. Get the next installment delivered piping fresh to your email box: SIGN UP at the form on our main page

 

 

October 14, 2010
SoundEmporium_reunion
Sound Emporium Reunion

Originally JACK CLEMENT RECORDING STUDIOS, The Sound Emporium is where a lot of records, many of which have become landmarks in country music history, were made. There was a reunion/panel discussion of sorts, and a number of principals, including Jack, Billy Sherrill, David Malloy, Bil VornDik, Jim Williamson, Garth Fundis, Gary Laney,Mike Poston, were in attendance.

Engineer Jim Williamson, one-time manager at Jack's studio, passed away shortly after this reunion. As Peter Cooper noted in the obituary (read the full article):
As a recording engineer, Mr. Williamson masterfully captured and blended voices and instruments in the studio. He recorded Loretta Lynn’s "Coal Miner’s Daughter," Tammy Wynette’s "Stand by Your Man," Gene Watson’s "Farewell Party," Haggard’s "That’s The Way Love Goes" and many more [including Dylan's "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35" -WS].
Garth Fundis, record producer and current owner of Sound Emporium, reflected on his passing with these thoughts…"Jim was a wonderful engineer and a sweet guy. He always took the time to talk to anyone who needed a little counseling or advice. He would do that for anyone."

 

 

 

 

August 27-28, 2010
Jack and Waylon
Waylon Jennings Days - Leiper's Fork, Tennessee

A two day mini-fest celebrating the life and music of Jack's old buddy and one-time brother-in-law. Clement produced DREAMING MY DREAMS in 1975, and many (including Waylon) considered it Jennings' best album. It was his first to sell a million. Picture above is from the back cover.
Check description of events here. Movies and concerts by various former bandmates, plus appearances by Rodney Crowell, Tony Joe White, Bonnie Bramlett, etc.

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2010
Jack and Roger Cook
Roger Cook - Three Score and Ten

The only Englishman to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Assn. Int'l Hall of Fame (it's a long list of Jack's crowd who have followed him there), Roger Cook celebrated his 70th. A phenomenally successful writer in the UK (who could forget I WAS KAISER BILL'S BATMAN?), he and writing partner Roger Greenaway formed David and Jonathan, a duo that had the distinction of being produced by Sir George Martin. ALLMUSIC.COM covers Roger's career pretty well, except the soundtrack work for swinging London spygirl flick MODESTY BLAISE is strangely missing.
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Once relocated to Nashville, he found continued success in collaboration with others from Cowboy's circle: Bobby Wood, Crystal Gayle, Allen Reynolds, Don Williams, John Prine. With longtime friend Ralph Murphy, he ran Pic-A-Lic Publishing. And, like Jack, he picks a mean ukelele.

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2010
Back in Memphis Fest
Back In Memphis show

It's the first part of August, and Memphis hosts its most visited tourist season --- Elvis Week, the commemoration of the King on the anniversary of his passing (at the time of the "WoW" signal, which may have been the one scientifically verifiable communication from space aliens --- see this storyfrom NPR.) This year at least there will be a Cowboy Jack Clement appearance at the Back in Memphis Festival. The concert takes place at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University of Memphis on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8 PM. Many of the guests are exclusive and will not be at any other Elvis Week event. Call (901) 830-5761 for info.

 

 

 

 

 

June 16, 2010
Station Inn
Rooney's Irregulars

Jim Rooney and associates will take the stage for their irregularly scheduled semi-annual show. You don't know exactly who will show up, but you know they'll be good. CLICK HERE for the only place on the web where you can get a breakdown of the roster.
Rooney's Irregulars

 

 

 

June 9, 2010
The Bluebird Cafe
Bluebird Café Anniversary Show

28th Birthday Bash Presents : The Jay Patton Band featuring Will Barrow, Ric Lonow, Mike Loudermilk and Toni Sehulster with special guests: Shawn Camp, Cowboy Jack Clement, Ashley Cleveland, Gail Davies, Jimmy Hall.... - 9:00 PM

 

 

April 29, 2010
Prairie Home Companion
Belcourt Benefit w/ Old Crow Medicine Show

ONE BRIGHT NIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Starring Cowboy Jack Clement with Special Guests - the Old Crow Medicine Show and more
Thursday, April 29th - Doors at 7:00pm Show at 7:30pm
General Admission - $40.00 (plus $2.50 Belcourt Preservation Fee)
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
The Legendary Cowboy Jack Clement has assembled a cast of Americana's bright lights for this benefit concert for health care for the homeless. The remarkable assembly includes OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, Marley's Ghost, Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Cowboy's Ragtime Band, and more. Cowboy Jack has signed, produced, written for, collaborated with and mentored great stars of American music -- come watch the tradition continue!
One Bright Night for Human Rights benefits the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a Nashville-based organization that has worked for 25 years for the human rights to health care and housing. To purchase $60 tickets (including performance) to a pre-show dinner and reception with Cowboy Jack, or to buy tickets to the performance for homeless residents of Nashville's Room in the Inn who are patients of the Downtown Clinic, please call the National Council at 615-226-2292.

 

 

 

April 12, 2010
Million $ Quartet on Broadway
Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway

Generally good reviews for the stage presentation of the events of December 4, 1956 when four of Jack's buddies showed up where he was working. While Sam Phillips had the marketing instincts to call the local paper and get a photographer down there on the double, Cowboy had the perspicacity to actually record the proceedings (It is understandable why, for dramatic purposes, the show apparently fudges this, but somebody should set Wikipedia straight).

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2010
Prairie Home Companion
CJC on PHC again

For the third time in as many years, Jack is invited to guest on the internationally syndicated radio show PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with Garrison Keillor, whom Chet Atkins once likened to a contemporary Mark Twain. It all takes place at the Ryman Auditorium and, on Friday, a limited number of tickets were released Buy Tickets for the Ryman

A Prairie Home Companion Live Broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium from WPLN 90.3FM

Some fun facts: The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to its current home at Opryland in 1974, just four months before the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. Earlier that same year, Garrison Keillor found the inspiration for his variety show while researching the Opry for a New Yorker magazine article. Thirty-six years later, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations. You'll no doubt hear the reverence this week as Mr. Keillor and company once again bring their road show to Country Music's mother church for a live broadcast.

On this occasion, Prairie Home regulars will be joined by Steve Wariner, Cowboy Jack Clement, and Gillian Welch sideman's alter-ego band, The Dave Rawlings Machine, among others. The show is sold out, but whatever you're doing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday or from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, you'll want to have a radio handy and tuned to your local Public Radio station.


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March 2, 2010
Marleys Ghost GHOST TOWN
GHOST TOWN Release

Long-awaited new album from Seattle-based band Marley's Ghost produced by Cowboy Jack Clement, who also makes a guest vocal appearance. Sides were cut on both the Left and Third Coasts. Jack will join the boys for a concert here in Nashville on April 29 at the BELCOURT THEATRE.

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2010
1986 Spoken Word GRAMMY
Grammy Awards

There's often a Cowboy connection when they hand out the trophies for folk/country/Americana music. This year congratulations go to Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy for their tribute album to Townes Van Zandt, for whom Jack was the first publisher/producer and lifetime friend and mentor. TOWNES won the Grammy for best Contemporary Folk Album. Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Contemporary World Music Album went to Bela Fleck, who took engineer Dave Sinko to Africa with him to record the soundtrack to the documentary THROW DOWN YOUR HEART. Dave worked many years at the Sound Emporium (formerly JACK CLEMENT RECORDING STUDIOS) under Cowboy's old engineer Garth Fundis.

Pictured above is the actual Grammy presented for spoken word interviews about the CLASS OF '55 from 1986 for which Jack was essentially music director, singing background, and playing guitar. He's credited in the album notes as one of "three great producers", along with Chips Moman and Sam Phillips, partying on the Big Train from Memphis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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