Two major players in country music passed away recently. Two key outlaw artists, and two of my favorite country artists, both of whom were involved in creating some of the finest music to come out of Nashville–or anywhere–in the last several decades.
Last week, we lost “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Recently elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Cowboy was someone who wrote songs for Johnny Cash; worked at Sun Studios and helped jumpstart the career of Jerry Lee Lewis; produced records for such artists as Townes Van Zandt, Charley Pride, and Don Williams; and was a key ‘outlaw’ innovator, producing what is arguably Waylon Jennings’ finest album, Dreaming My Dreams.
Continue reading Tompall Glaser and Jack Clement: Country Outlaw Heroes
Whatever happened the the great Tompall Glaser? Waylon’s onetime best friend during the outlaw heyday, he made some amazing albums, both alone and with his brothers Jim and Chuck. But since the ’80s he seems to have disappeared. Would love to know if he still performs–or writes/records.
You can also watch a performance of the great song “Rings” and a medley of the Glasers performing three country classics.
Note that Jim Glaser keeps a website and still performs; and four of the Glaser Brothers’ nephews (calling themselves The Brothers Glaser) have recorded a tribute album due to be released in the fall of 2009 (three songs are online for streaming).