The home studio was referred to as The Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, where Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Eddie Arnold and John Prine spent much of their time. The studio portion of his home was built more than 30 years ago and contained many reel-to-reel master tapes of rare recordings by Cash, Prine, Louis Armstrong and dozens of others, many of which were unreleased. Clement also kept special mementos in his home and studio, including photographs taken by and autographed by Cash, and files on music productions and movie scripts.

“I’m sure we’ve lost some other memorabilia,” said Clement following the fire.

More at:  The Tennessean,  Taste of Country 


Here's a link to a great Q&A feature on Cowboy Jack from the No Depression archives, Issue #54, Sept/Oct 2004. 






Tags: Armstrong, Arnold, Cash, Clement, Fire, Jennings, Nashville, Prine, Studio, Tapes

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I was saddened when I saw on a friends Face Book page last night that Cowboy Jack Clement's house had been lost in a fire on Saturday.


I was there for a memorable party that Dualtone records threw as a part of the AMA Conference several years ago and it was a great old house chock full of instruments, recording equipment and music memorabilia. It saddens me greatly to think of all the history that went up in smoke.


Sad news for sure. Does anybody know if Jack needs financial assistance and where to send it, if so?
All of those masters gone for good UHGGGG

In 1980 i had the opportunity to meet Jack at an event. He invited me to his home in Nashville.  A while later I drove down from PA and spent some time with him at his home and studio. I was young and naive and didn't realize until much later what a special musical legacy Jack is. In recent years, I've thought about trying to contact him to say 'thank you' for his hospitality. Very sad to see this news.



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