Cowboy Jack Clement Passes Away; Loretta Lynn to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom; Larry Cordle Duets Album Due in October

Juli Thanki | August 9th, 2013

  • 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.
  • Kris Kristofferson and Marty Stuart shared some memories of Cowboy Jack.
  • Karen Black, who starred in Robert Altman’s Nashville (a film that she co-wrote multiple songs for), passed away yesterday at the age of 74.
  • Out October 8: Larry Cordle’s The Cord Files: All-Star Duets, featuring collaborations with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, and others. (via press release)
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield 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’s Champion Fiddler, Volume One, both due out September 24.
  • The track listing for Keith Urban’s Fuse includes collaborations with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. It also includes the Princely-titled “Even the Stars Fall 4 U.”
  • The Bellamy Brothers’ new album features collaborations with Kris Kristofferson, Carlene Carter, and Crystal Gayle.
  1. Leeann Ward
    August 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Jack Clement was amazing, for lack of a better word (Paul W. Dennis!)! You can’t help but feel some emotion after reading about all of his accomplishments in one place. I agree that the Peter Cooper piece is the definitive tribute to read right now.

  2. Barry Mazor
    August 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Note should also be taken of the telling writing on Jack Clement by Peter Guralnick, a long-time good friend of his (among the many he had). See Peter’s book “Lost Highway”–and this:

    http://www.peterguralnick.com/post/42270341715/jack-clement

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    August 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    As a (very-much amateur) historian of the Sun Records era, I’ve always held Cowboy Jack Clement in an iconic spot in my reading/listening. It was a thrill simply to sit adjacent to him in different booths in a restaurant this past year after an Opry show. He had a handful of people with him and while I couldn’t make out much of anything he said, he obviously held court and his animated storytelling brought great laughter and pleasure to those he was with for well over an hour. I would guess Nashville will be filled with those stories being retold in the coming weeks.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    August 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Good thing they managed to get Cowboy Jack into the H-o-F while he was still living. (With no time to spare.)

  5. nm
    August 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Cowboy Jack asked me to dance with him once. Probably not his greatest achievement, but dear to my heart.

  6. Rick
    August 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Ha, when I suggest a “Babes of Bluegrass” calendar I get called a sexist! When a banjo playing gal creates a “Babes of the Banjo” calendar and music CD combo it’s clever marketing! Sheesh! (lol)

    Am I the only one that has ever confused Cowboy Jack Clement with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott? I mean what is it with guys named Jack wanting a colorful nickname? Crikey! (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features The Steeldrivers, Joey+Rory, TG Sheppard, Marshall Chapman, Kalisa Ewing, Billy Dean, Kelleigh Bannen, and Opry Legends. Grade: B
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Bobby Bare(!), The Willis Clan (pretty darn amazing those young un’s), Larry Gatlin, Craig Campbell, Opry Legends, and that caterwaulin’ Carrie Underwood chick. Grade: B-
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    The Granville Automatic gals from Nashville are in LA this weekend performing at the two shows I’m volunteer DJ for! WooHoo!

  7. TexasVet
    August 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    and that caterwaulin’ Carrie Underwood chick. Grade: B-

    This is her 9th Opry appearance this year so at least she takes her membership seriously unlike most of the other under the age of fifty members.

  8. Fred Williams
    August 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I never met Jack Clement, nor rubbed elbows with his in-group, but I find that his songs are the ones I sing and play. This is my greatest compliment.

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