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Cowboy Jack, Hiatt, TBT offer new sounds

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – The late Cowboy Jack Clement releases his final disc, while John Hiatt and Trampled by Turtles are still going strong.

Clement, who died in August 2013, was a well-known as a writer and singer. He wrote "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," a hit for Johnny Cash. He produced albums by Townes Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year. "For Once & For All" features collaborations between Clement and John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Dierks Bentley and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Executive producer T Bone Burnett played guitar on the disc, which was recorded in March 2013.

Hiatt releases "Terms of My Surrender." This is the Indiana native's 22nd studio album 40 years into his recording career. Longtime guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram) produced the 11-song release, which features Hiatt on acoustic guitar.

TBT is out with "Wild Animals," a different affair musically for the heretofore raucous bluegrass-based band out of Duluth, Minn. They tone it down and go for texture here. This is the band's seventh studio release since forming in 2003.

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For Once and For All CD review - For Once and For All
Cowboy Jack Clement's impact on the roots of rock 'n' roll and country music ought not be underestimated. After all, he was there at the beginning, serving as a producer and engineer for Sam Phillips at Sun Records, guiding the careers of its stable of stars in the persons of Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, and discovering the as-yet unknown Jerry Lee Lewis. He subsequently penned much of Cash's early hit repertoire, songs that included "Ballad of a Teenage »»»
Guess Things Happen That Way
Although not in the same league vocally as past associates Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and Don Williams, 73 year-old producer/songwriter Jack Clement one-ups most of them on the score of imaginative song selection and simple evocative production chops. Clement's vocals are sometimes craggy and pitchy, yet his melodic old-timey baritone often proves charming. This is especially true of the absurdly humorous polka-tinged "Drinking Carrot Juice" and scatting Dixieland of "Leavin' Is »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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