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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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 ...
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 ...