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December 18, 2007 The Bluebird Cafe
Bluebird Christmas Show

Jack joins Nanci Griffith, Jonell Mosser, Roger Cook, Roberto Bianco, and a host of others to ring in the Christmas season at saxophonist Jay Patten's annual bash.



December 11, 2007 Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies or SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN
Country-rock Cowboy doc: Buy-It-Now

Documentary about Cowboy Jack, which has toured the world's film festivals and is being broadcast nationwide on selected Public Television stations. Check your local listings. Now available at the Specialtees store ($19.98), the prize-winning documentary was made by the team of Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (who have also recently done a great film about the history of Stax Records).



November 10, 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH
The Killer rocks the hall

Jack takes participates in weeklong series of events celebrating the career of Jerry Lee Lewis. Whole Lot of Shakin': The Life and Music of Jerry Lee Lewis 2007 series will mark the FIRST time Rock Hall honors a living master. Cowboy will perform on the show and engage in a panel discussion. This is getting to be an annual gig --- last year he participated in the tribute to Roy Orbison.



October 30, 2007 Jack Clement performing in Oosterlink , The Netherlands
Jack Goes Dutch

In a whirlwind tour of windmill land, Cowboy plays several dates - Eindhoven, Oosterlicht, and at the club Paradiso in Amsterdam - and hooks up with The Watchman, a band he produced in 1992.



October 17, 2007 Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies or SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN
Film Showing in Memphis

At the Brooks Museum of Art 6pm. A special appearance by the Cowboy himself after the screening.



September 29, 2007 Fortune Williams Festival Staunton VA
Cowboy visits VA

Jack participates in a festival along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia with Prairie Home Companion regulars Robin & Linda Williams and Jimmy Fortune, member of the Statler Brothers, recent inductees to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Also on the bill: Marty Stuart, Billy Joe Shaver, Adrienne Young, Billy Yates, Michael Martin Murphey, and more. Read a review of the songwriter show here.



September 5, 2007 Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies or SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN
Cowboy on the air

Documentary about Cowboy Jack, which had an advance screening at the Belcourt Theatre on 8/29/07, will have its broadcast première on WNPT, Nashville Public Television. The showing of Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies or SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN will coincide with the release of the DVD available from Shout!Factory.



August 18, 2007 Kristofferson Interview
Kristofferson Interview

Kris stops by Jack's show on Sirius Satellite Radio to reminisce about the good old days. Click picture above to listen ot Part I.



August 16, 2007 The Bluegrass Elvises
Shawn and Billy cover Elvis

Two graduates of Cowboy's College of Musical Nonsense, Shawn Camp and Billy Burnette, put out an album of Elvis songs done up bluegrass-style. So the music comes full circle - remember that the King's career took off when he revved up a Bill Monroe number.



June 7, 2007 Charles Cochran - 1936-2007
Charles Cochran

One of the key ingredients and most beloved members of our musical world, Charles Cochran, was killed in a car crash . His keyboard and arranging skills contributed, beyond measure, to the projects of Jack Clement and his followers for almost five decades. He is pictured here (back row, 2nd from right) with Jack and various merry cohorts sometime in the early 1970s.

See a group picture from the Good Old Days



May 19, 2007 Prairie Home Companion - May 19, 2007

Cowboy appears on the world famous radio show for the second time in 5 months. One of the songs he does, the Clement-written Just a Girl I Used to Know, was coincidentally (almost simultaneously) also being performed on the Opry by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton as part of Porter's 50th anniversary celebration. Before launching into his first number, Jack even gets a little polka fix in. You can listen to the show by clicking logo link above. Here's a tip: once the RealPlayer starts, you can skip to a given portion by going to "Play" on the dropdown menu and selecting "Seek To" and then putting in the desired time marker.

Jack on Prairie Home Companion May 19, 2007



May 15, 2007 ACM Awards
Shawn Camp, ACM Song of the Year Nominee

One of Cowboy's latest protégés and regular band member, Shawn Camp, is a writer on a song nominated for Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards to be held in Las Vegas and televised on CBS May 15 - Would You Go With Me by Josh Turner. The same song is also nominated for Single of the Year, and another one of Shawn's tunes is up for a Dove Award. Not a bad year for the kid Jack dubbed "Boy Wonder".

Jack Clement with Shawn Camp



February 25, 2007 Bob Webster 1929-2007
Bob Webster, Cowboy's longtime friend and publishing guru, passed away on Thursday, 2/25/07. Peter Cooper of the Tennessean wrote a very nice obit

A transcription of an extended conversation between Bob, Jack, and John Lomax III about the wild days in Beaumont can be viewed here



February 15, 2007 Roy Orbison stamp petition
The Roy Orbison Commemorative Stamp petition now has upwards of 20K signatures

Please take a moment, click the image link, and lend your name to the tribute to Cowboy's first "assignment" at Sun Studio in 1956. He ended up as Roy's producer/engineer, co-writer, bass player, and lifelong friend.



December 31, 2006 Prairie Home Companion - New Year's Eve 2006
PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION New Year's Eve at Ryman Auditorium

Garrison Keillor, the baby boom's Mark Twain, hosts Cowboy Jack on his nationally syndicated New Year's Eve show (listen) along with Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Emmons, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Suzy Bogguss, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jon Randall, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Robin and Linda Williams.
A 3 hour broadcast on your local NPR station starting at 9 pm Central and on National Public Television's Great Performances at 10 pm



November 4, 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH
Jack takes part in special tribute show for Roy Orbison. Jack's bandmate and rockabilly scion Billy Burnette will act as leader for a concert also featuring Glen Campbell, Ricky Skaggs, Raul Malo, Mandy Barnett, The Crickets, and more.

Back in the summer 1956, Roy was the first act that Sam Phillips handed over to Jack, who did all the subsequent recording. The de facto producer of the sessions, Cowboy ran the board, co-wrote songs with Roy, and even played bass on some of the sides. On Sun, Roy had a pretty good hit with "Ooby Dooby", but rock stardom eluded him until he wound up with Monument Records, and his career took off. While in Cleveland to do the show honoring Orbison (who would have turned 70 this year), Cowboy is likely to find time to get a polka fix.

October 28, 2006 National Public Radio ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 10/28/06
NPR's All Things Considered talks with Jack about Jerry Lee and the recording of A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN'

National Public Radio interviews Cowboy (and his personal documentarian, Robert Gordon) as the kick-off segment to their series on the Library of Congress/National Recording Registry's historically significant sound recordings.

October 20, 2006 Martha O'Bryan Center - Nashville Ministry to the Needy
Special Benefit appearance at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3201 Hillsboro Road, Green Hills, Nashville TN 7PM

$10 ($5 youth/$25 family) to hear Jack with 100% of the proceeds going to Martha O'Bryan Center which ministers to the needy of Nashville

July 5, 2006 The Bluebird Cafe
Memphis Boys at Bluebird

Paul Craft (Keep Me From Blowing Away, Brother Jukebox, Dropkick Me Jesus), Allen Reynolds, producer of Garth Brooks (Five O'Clock World, Catfish John, I Recall a Gypsy Woman), Dickey Lee ( She Thinks I Still Care, Patches), and Cowboy play a songwriters-in-the-round show for NSAI Legislative fund. RESERVATIONS will most likely be necessary ($15 plus $7 tab minimum; $35 Gold Circle includes autographed poster and close-in seating) - you will need to call the Bluebird beginning 11 am June 28 at 383-1461 (put it on speed-dial, it's usually busy)


June 15, 2006 Jack takes job at Sun Studios

Fifty years ago today Jack takes job at Sun Studio

***June 15, 1956 - June 15, 2006***
Iconoclastic music legend Cowboy Jack Clement today marks the 50th Anniversary of the day Sam Phillips hired him to engineer at Sun Records in Memphis, the very spot often described as "ground zero for rock 'n roll." In hiring Clement, Phillips, a member of both the Rock and Roll and the Country Music Halls of Fame, provided the launch pad for Cowboy to begin fashioning his fabulous career. During the subsequent half century, Clement has indeed forged a Hall of Fame-worthy dossier of his own as a songwriter/producer/publisher/label exec/studio builder and a discoverer and/or career catalyst for artists and writers such as Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings. George Jones, Don Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Charley Pride, Dickey Lee, Bob McDill, Allen Reynolds, heck "the Cowboy" even produced three sides for Irish supergroup U2!
In a truly bizarre bit of musical synchronicity, June 15, 1956 is also the exact day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met the first time (but not in Memphis). So, don't just sit there, get up and dance! - John Lomax, III


June 1, 2006 Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN

Special performance/screening of Cowboy Jack's Home Movies in Chattanooga

Jack will be performing as the special guest in conjunction with the screening of the Gordon/Neville documentary Thursday 5:30 pm ET at the Hunter Museum of American Art Theatre, 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN. Tickets are $12; $5 for AEC & Hunter Members and UTC students and staff. Reserved seating recommended (it will probably sell out). Read the article by Bambi Evans


May 5, 2006 Jack Clement with Charley Pride

Charley Pride stops by the Cowboy Arms

Old friend Charley Pride stopped by the office to talk about a new album he's working on and his Canadian tour. Also pictured are W. Earl Brown from the HBO show "Deadwood" (and Sirius Radio host) and photographer CJ Flanagan (click to enlarge picture above)


April 29, 2006

1st Anniversary of Cowboy's show on the SIRIUS Satellite Network

Jack will be interviewing Shawn Camp about his new album Fireball
"Outlaw Country" channel 63 Saturday 2-6 pm ET, Rebroadcast Sundays 6-10 pm ET


April 11, 2006 Library of Congress National Recording Registry
Whole Lot of Shakin' named to Library of Congress National Recording Registry

Of all the sound recordings in history, the Library of Congress annually selects 50 of the most "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for special preservation. Here is a list of some of this year's honorees for which the LOC has prepared sound excerpts. Listen here


April 1, 2006 Nashville Songwriters Association Festival - Tin Pan South
Cowboy to appear at Douglas Corner Cafe 9:30 pm $15

Annual Nashville festival covering 5 nights and 8 clubs with songwriters from a mix of genres. Also appearing on his "Legends" show: Lynn Anderson, Dobie Gray, Mentor Williams, more. Here's a schedule in PDF format for the whole weeklong guitar pull


March 30, 2006 Billy Burnette - Memphis In Manhattan   Shawn Camp - Fireball
Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp each release new solo albums

The two most recent graduates from Cowboy's College of Musical Nonsense both release critically acclaimed recordings furthering their solo careers. Recommended


March 12, 2006 RING OF FIRE Broadway musical
Ring Of Fire, the Musical opens on Broadway

Song for which Jack made up the signature horn part, played the guitar, and was de facto producer is title of show opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Who would've thunk Jack's "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart" was destined to be performed on Broadway. The Cowboy was a guest of honor.

Click play button to hear comment:

Hear Cowboy tell the story

Below: cast photo featuring Lari White (piggybacking) and Brent Moyer (w/guitar)
CLICK TO ENLARGE cast of Ring Of Fire 3/12/06  Click to enlarge -


February 8, 2006 John Prine - Best Contemporary Folk Grammy Award for FAIR AND SQUARE
Prine bags Grammy

John came to Nashville in 1976 to work with Cowboy Jack and appears in the "Home Movies" documentary as do winners Del McCoury and Bono.
From Billboard.com: Much to his surprise, John Prine snared the award for best contemporary folk album for his first album in 10 years, the Oh Boy release "Fair & Square." "It's a tough category," he admitted. "It wasn't so surprising beating Springsteen as it was beating [parent company of Springsteen's label] Sony. Oh Boy is just a small office with three people." The album is Prine's first since successfully undergoing treatment for throat cancer. He says that experience hasn't influenced his music ... yet. "Something really big [like that] takes a long time to come through in the music, you know," he offered. "Someday it will."


February 4, 2006 The Legend of Johnny Cash featuring
Cowboy-written Guess Things Happen that Way included on THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH which is #2 on the Country Album chart and #5 on the Billboard 200 chart in the 04 February 2006 issue

Here are the first seven tracks:
Track:  Title:              Composer:      Time:
1 Cry! Cry! Cry!                Cash, Johnny      2:24
2 Hey Porter                     Cash, Johnny     2:13
3 Folsom Prison Blues        Cash, Johnny     2:49
4 I Walk the Line               Cash, Johnny     2:45
5 Get Rhythm                   Cash, Johnny     2:14
6 Big River                       Cash, Johnny     2:32
7 Guess Things Happen That Way   Clement, Jack     1:51


January 6, 2006 Townes the Movie
Debut of Townes van Zandt documentary at Belcourt Theater, Nashville

Cowboy was Townes's first producer and publisher. Friday showing of the movie Be Here To Love Me preceded by a short musical tribute concert at 7 pm featuring Steve Earle, Jonell Mosser, and Dave Olney among others including a special guest performance by Jack (click picture below).
CLICK TO ENLARGE Townes the Movie Nashville pre-premiere concert 1/6/06  Click to enlarge


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25 Gold Records

6 BMI Awards

NSAI Hall of Fame
NSAI Hall of Fame

Nashville Walk of Fame at Country Music Hall of Fame
Walk of Fame 2009

Americana Music Association
Lifetime Achievement: Americana Music Association 2004

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