06 October 2016

'Cowboy Jack Clement' in Cork, 14 Oct. 2016

Following on from and adding to the BIB post of yesterday: Peter Harrington will be presenting 'Life and music of Cowboy Jack Clement - singer, songwriter, producer, Nashville legend' at the Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade, Cork city, on Friday 14 October 2016 at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome and admission is free.

The word 'bluegrass' appears nowhere in the Wikipedia entry of 'Cowboy' Jack Henderson Clement (1931-2013). However, in Bluegrass Unlimited, xxxix, no. 11 (May 2005) Thomas Goldsmith's five-page article 'Something a little different can have a chance: catching up with Jack Clement' appeared. Here's a little of what can be seen there.

Stationed in the Washington DC area as a young Marine in the early 1950s, Clement teamed up with Scotty Stoneman (fiddle), Jimmy Stoneman (bass), and the even younger Buzz Busby (mandolin). He and Buzz recorded together and moved to Boston to play on the WCOP 'Hayloft Jamboree', where among those they influenced was a student called Jim Rooney. In the 1960s Clement managed the Stoneman Family and produced their records; others with whom he was closely associated include Mac Wiseman, John Hartford, and Doc Watson. One of his many sayings: 'It don't matter who steals the show as long as someone does.'

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