Barry Mazor wrote about Clement in a January Roots Watch: Jack’s been first a spiritual brother, then uncle to the oddballs, misfits, misbehaved men and women of country. He’s connected the dots for and to the disconnected—while finding time to produce film and write a few little songs such as “Guess Things Happen That Way,” “It’ll Be Me,” “Just Someone I Used to Know” and “Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog.” He’s also a terrific, winning singer; he’s often referred to as this town’s “Pied Piper,” or, waxing Shakespearean, as he sometimes does himself, our Falstaff. Tending toward the rotund, ruddy, endlessly and willfully jaunty, Jack’s been the personification of the unusual idea that music making and life itself are, and ought to be, fun, not painful obligations. He’s worked at this; and he’s generally seen dressed in festive Hawaiian shirts just to make sure we get the point; you just never know when a luau’s about to break out…Nobody should mistake Cowboy Jack’s playful style for anything shallow; there’s always been a quietly soulful, deep side lurking behind all that playfulness, and a touch, too, of the blues.
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’sBakersfield came in at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with 12,000 records sold.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are bringing their Soul2Soul show back to Vegas in late October.
Rural Rhythm Records’ new Heritage Collection Series will reissue classic albums on CD. First up: Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups’ self-titled album and Curly Fox’sChampion Fiddler, Volume One, both due out September 24.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.