Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at Age 82

Cowboy Jack Clement, legendary record producer and songwriter, died Thursday (Aug. 8) in Nashville at age 82 following a lengthy illness. He had been named as a new member of the Country Music Hall of Fame this past year and was scheduled for official induction in October.

Cowboy Jack was best known as a prolific record producer and worked with a variety of artists, including Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Charlie Rich, Emmylou Harris and John Prine. The Memphis native, born April 5, 1931, began his career as a producer for Sun Records in Memphis. He moved to Nashville briefly in 1960, then worked in Beaumont, Texas. He produced Johnny Cash’s hit “Ring of Fire” in 1963 before returning to Nashville in 1965. One of the first artists he produced in Music City was Charley Pride, whom Jack had encouraged the RCA record label to sign.

Cowboy Jack also achieved fame as a songwriter, with credits including “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way” for Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare’s “Miller’s Cave” and others.

In 2004, the Americana Music Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In April of this year, Cowboy Jack was named as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Kenny Rogers and Bobby Bare.

We at Country Weekly send our condolences to Jack’s family.

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Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde’s This Town Talks tour gets rolling next month in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then for the next 7 months she’ll be crisscrossing this nation playing shows from Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between.

So, with all that travel, and different locations, packing for a tour can present some challenges. Ashley shares one basic piece of advice when it comes to preparing for the road, “At first, learning how to pack for on tour…I really didn’t do a good job. I guess maybe I thought I was leaving for summer camp. So, I would spend a couple of weeks where I overpacked, and a couple of weeks where I under packed. Just let me tell you…if you have to choose between the two – overpack. You can put those clothes away when you get back.”

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Meigs