Cowboy Jack Clement’s Last Album Due in July; NYT on the Trail of Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 14th, 2014

  • As was mentioned in the comments section by Juli, singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away from cancer last Friday morning at the age of 69. Obituaries have been published by The New York TimesRolling StoneUSA Today, NPR, and CMT, to name just a few.
  • Barry Mazor reviewed The Hank Williams Reader for The Wall Street Journal
  • Listen to “Let the Chips Fall” from Cowboy Jack Clement’s final album, For Once and For All (out July 15 on IRS Nashville).
  • John Jeremiah Sullivan of The New York Times wrote a fascinating piece on Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas, the blues women who “changed American music and then vanished without a trace.”
  • Taylor Swift interrupted Seth Rogen’s opening monologue on Saturday Night Live.
  • Our friend Stephen Deusner interviewed Noah Gundersen for CMT Edge.
  • Actress and aspiring country musician Lucy Hale will be the face of the Macy’s apparel line, American Rag.
  • Flooding in Birmingham, Alabama forced the cancellation of a Lady Antebellum concert late last week.
  • The cerebral C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country up over at Country California.
  • John Marks, program director for Sirius XM station The Highway, is “Nashville’s newest hit maker.”
  • The Calgary Herald published an interview with Jimmy Rankin about his new solo album, Back Road Paradise.
  • The Oak Ridge BoysDuane Allen is getting a bridge named after him in Texas.
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay argues that the name-recognition of Opry performers is declining.
  • Martina McBride performed “In the Basement” on Arsenio.
  • Tim McGraw isn’t waiting for his latest single to peak on the radio charts before releasing a new duet (“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s”) with Faith Hill.
  • Jonathan Pappalardo gushes about Nickel Creek’s latest offering, A Dotted Line, for My Kind of Country: “With purely acoustic instruments and lush not aggressive vocals, they make this acoustic progressive bluegrass the way it’s supposed to sound. That they do it with exceptional lyrical compositions is just an added bonus. Their asaterical lyrics have always been their downfall, but they’ve grown by leaps and bounds as writers on A Dotted Line as well as singers and musicians. Let’s hope it’s not another nine years before we’re gifted with their next set of new music.” 
  • Stream Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina. The compilation features Jim & Jennie & The PinetopsCatherine Irwin (Freakwater), and more.
  • The Tennessean did a story on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new expansion.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Jess Moskaluke“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”

JJ Heller“I Dream of You” 

Ross Cooper “Give It Time”

Nickel Creek “Rest of My Life” (live at WNYC)

Foghorn Stringband“Outshine the Sun” (live performance at the WAMU Bluegrass Country studio)




  1. Paul W Dennis
    September 18, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I finally picked up a copy of Jack Clement’s last album and while I enjoyed it, it felt as if I was listening to a Charley Pride tribute album, which would make sense since Jack was so important to the early stages of Pride’s career. Literally eight of the first ten tracks on the album were recorded as singles or album tracks by Charley Pride on his first four albums. “Just Between You And Me” , Let The Chips Fall” and “I Know One” were all top ten records for Pride and Pride’s treatment of tracks such as “Got Leaving On Her Mind”, “Baby Is Gone”, “The Spell of The Freight Train” and “Miller’s Cave” are nearly definitive. Only “Just A Girl I Used To Know” was done better elsewhere and I guess it wouldn’t be a knock on Pride to say that the song was better performed by George Jones,

    Moreover, on some of the tracks Clements uses arrangements that are clones or near-clones of the arrangements he used in producing Pride’s recordings .Maybe he was not available but Pride would have made a terrific guest vocalist for this album

    I should note that Mac Wiseman had a terrific recording on “Got Leaving On Her Mind” that was a minor national hit for him in 1968 but went top five in some regional markets. Wiseman’s recording was quasi-bluegrass

    Jack has a warm personality that shines through on his recordings. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, Jack only released three solo projects during his life. All three are worth having

    Anyway, farewell to Cowboy Jack. They don’t make ‘em like him anymore

  2. Leeann Ward
    September 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack’s voice. It’s too bad that he didn’t record more of his own albums.

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