I wish I could beam myself to Nashville on Wednesday, Jan. 30. That’s when “Honoring a Legend: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement” will be held at War Memorial Auditorium
You may not know Cowboy Jack’s name, but you know his musical contributions. He was an engineer at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, the studio that delivered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins’s early music to the world.
He also produced Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Don Williams and many more, and opened the first 16-track recording studio in Nashville.
When U2 decided to record parts of “Rattle & Hum” at Sun Studios, Clement was behind the boards. He’d never heard of the band beforehand, but they created magic together on “When Love Comes To Town” with BB King, “Angel Of Harlem,” and “Love Rescue Me.”
Clement, 81, is also a gifted songwriter, penning Cash’s crossover hit, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” “Guess Things Happen That way,” and “The One of The Right Is On the Left.”
Jack has cancer and has decided to forego treatment, so on Wednesday, his friends are throwing him a big party to celebrate his life. Among the artists playing the concert, produced by Matt Urmy and Dub Cornett, are the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Jakob Dylan, Charley Pride, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Mary Gauthier and many more.
Proceeds from the evening will go to Clement's medical expenses and to Music Health Alliance, a Nashville-based healthcare advocacy service that offers health insurance, access to health care providers, financial help for medical assistance, and guidance in navigating the healthcare system.
If you’re in Nashville and want to go to the show, tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by clicking here
Jan. 27: Music Health Alliance: http://www.musichealthalliance.com/