Cowboy Jack Passes at 82

The music world lost another legend yesterday, August 8th, as Cowboy Jack Clement passed in his home at the age of 82. He was to be officially inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”.  Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.

Jack will surely be missed by many across the world, but his influence and legend will leave a permanent mark on the entertainment industry.

Read more: CMT, People Magazine

Julie Roberts Re-Launches Her Career With A New Release On Sun Records

Sun Records, the legendary home of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, has announced the release of “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS,” the eagerly anticipated new album from Julie Roberts. “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” arrives everywhere on October 29th.

Sun has spent the most part of the past several decades focused primarily on licensing its expansive, extraordinary catalog. However, the last three years have seen Sun Records Vice President Collin Brace and Josh Collum of the Nashville-based Make Noise Management exploring the possibility of adding a chapter to the label’s storied history. The Roberts release on the Sun label is a result of a licensing arrangement between Sun and Sorted Noise.

“It’s always been a vision of mine to work with new music at Sun,” says Brace, “but I knew it had to be the right artist. We started working with Josh and his team and together we found something special in Julie Roberts. Her enthusiasm and music bring new life to an icon like Sun. With Julie, we are continuing to write the rich story of Sun Records with authenticity and a fresh spirit.”

Roberts, alongside representatives from Sun, personally announced “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” and the Sun Records association at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, thrilling those gathered at her 8th Annual Fan Appreciation Party. In addition, Roberts unveiled the launch of an exclusive pre-sale campaign via PledgeMusic. “Pledgers” will gain unprecedented access into Roberts’ creative journey over the next three months as she completes her historic new record. Pre-sales begin TK, exclusively at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/julierobertsandsunrecords.

“My musical journey up to this point has been an amazing ride,” says Roberts, “and I feel so very blessed and honored to continue that journey with the iconic and legendary Sun Records label. I’ve been a fan of Sun artists and songs since I was a little girl, so it’s both surreal and exciting that my music will be Sun music.”

Roberts’ first new full-length release in almost three years, “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” marks the acclaimed country singer/songwriter’s defining musical moment thus far. The album will be produced by Nashville-based writing & production team, Sorted Noise, and the first single is slated to debut later this summer. The track will be accompanied by a companion music video, which is currently in pre-production.

Having already spent her life singing and performing, Julie Roberts first stepped into the national spotlight with 2004’s extraordinary self-titled debut album. Fueled by the top 20 Country smash, “Break Down Here,” “JULIE ROBERTS” quickly earned RIAA gold for sales in excess of 500,000, as well as a plethora of critical praise. “One of the most auspicious debuts in years,” declared Entertainment Weekly in an “A” rated rave.  The New York Times agreed, praising  “JULIE ROBERTS” as “an album full of addictive and complicated love songs,” further naming “Break Down Here” as “one of the year’s best country ballads.”

Roberts was an undeniable sensation, making a wide range of national TV appearances, including three memorable performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and five appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, not to mention being paired alongside Rihanna in Clinique’s “HAPPY” campaign. In addition, she was the first-ever focus of CMT’s In The Moment, documenting the incredible story of how she rose from Universal Music Group Nashville assistant to a breakout star in her own right. Multiple honors also followed, with an array of nominations from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the CMT Awards.

After years of non-stop touring and recording, Roberts entered into the toughest period of her life in 2010.  She left her longtime label, lost her home and car to the historic Nashville floods, and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In April 2013, Roberts re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s smash series, The Voice, a performance which resulted in the now-nine-year-old hit, “Break Down Here,” earning over 200,000 single download sales in the month following the broadcast.

Cash Immortalized by US Postal Service

Johnny Cash has been memorialized by the United States Postal Service. The country legend is the first artist featured in the USPS “Music Icons” stamp series. The Cash stamp features a stunning photograph taken by Frank Bez, originally used for 1963′s Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

The unveiling ceremony was held at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Family, friends and fans all joined to celebrate Cash’s impactful legacy. Performers including John Carter Cash, Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, The Oak Ridge Boys and more paid tribute to the legend by performing some of his hits and favorite songs.

You can purchase the Cash stamps on the USPS website, or visit your local branch to find an exclusive Johnny Cash compilation in either CD or digital download format.

Third Man Records Reissue Sun Singles

Nashville record company, Third Man Records, has partnered with Sun Records to reissue three of Sun’s original 7″ 45rpm singles. The initial releases include Johnny Cash “Get Rhythm / I Walk The Line”, The Prisonaires “Just Walkin’ In The Rain / Baby Please”, & Rufus Thomas “Bear Cat / Walking In The Rain”. You can buy each record individually, or get all three with the Sun Reissue series bundle.

Founded by Jack White in 2001, Third Man Records opened a physical location in Nashville, TN in 2009 and has been playing a huge role in re-shaping the way music is appreciated ever since. Releasing many special edition or limited run vinyl records on various formats, TMR “strives to bring a spontaneous and tangible aesthetic back into the record business”. Their headquarters contains a record store, label offices, photo studio, and a live venue with analog recording booth. They even have a mobile record shop.

Read more about what Third Man Records has to say about the Sun Reissue series.

Cowboy Jack Clement Inducted to Hall of Fame

Sun Records artist, Cowboy Jack Clement, along with Bobby Bare and Kenny Rogers have been inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Clement joins music legends Gene Autry, Chet Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, as well as Sun legends Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, and many more.

Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”.  Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.

Read more about Clement and the other Hall of Fame inductees in an article published by The Tennessean.

Jack Clement Honored by Michelle Obama

As was stated in an earlier post, Jack Clement was honored by some of today’s biggest artists, all of which have taken influence from him in one way or another. Recently, he was recognized my the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The congratulatory note is posted below.


Letter“Dear Jack:

I heard you were being honored, and I wanted to write you a short note to say congratulations. Throughout your remarkable career you have helped inspire some of our Nation’s most treasured musicians, and I know your legacy will live on in Nashville and beyond.

As you look back on your career, I hope you take great pride in all that you have accomplished over the years. Again, thank you for your many contributions to the music community, and I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Michelle Obama”

 

Jerry Lee Lewis Club to Open on Beale Street

This May, the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, TN will get a new Rock & Roll club. The Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe & Honky Tonk is slated to open May 1, 2013 at 310 Beale Street. Details of Jerry Lee’s appearance for the opening are still being worked out.

More info on the opening provided by The Commercial Appeal:

The restaurant will offer live Rock & Roll music and will feature memorabilia of Lewis including his motorcycle, piano, posters and clothes he wore on stage.

The food will be “all southern, from Louisiana to low country to Mississippi to Memphis.” The decor will not be set in the ’50s, the era Lewis rose to fame, general manager Bud Chittom said. “It will not be a sock hop or malt shop. It’s a honky-tonk and cafe. Those haven’t changed in 60 years.”

Read the entire article, here.