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Cowboy Jack Clement’s Final Album Set for Release

Cowboy Jack Clement
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“Cowboy” Jack Clement‘s final recordings before his death in 2013 are being released.

The country icon recorded ‘For Once and For All’ shortly before his death on Aug. 8, 2013, at the age of 82. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 27, 2013.

The album is set for release on Nashville’s new I.R.S. Records label on July 15. Clement worked with many of his A-list friends on the project, including Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Rodney Crowell and Dierks Bentley.

“If you unraveled all the threads Jack wove into the tapestry of what made country music great over the last 50-plus years, the whole thing would come apart,” Harris says of Clement’s influence on the industry.

Clement began his career in the 50s as an engineer and producer for artists including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He went on to publish George Jones‘ ‘She Think I Still Care,’ arrange the horns on Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire,’ and discover Charley Pride, which helped break Nashville’s longstanding racial barrier. He is also credited with bringing Kris Kristofferson to Nashville.

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