Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dickie Lee, Shawn Camp, Dierks Bentley, Jim Rooney, Jim Lauderdale, Will Oldham, his daughter Allison Clement, and more. That album, For Once and For All, will drop this July 15 as the first release from IRS Nashville.
As the album's press release says, "This is Cowboy’s final album, his swan song. There are only three Cowboy Jack Clement records. He didn’t like to rush things. Sometimes he’d wonder what the smartest man in the world might do, and he’d figure the smartest man in the world might just wait things out."
Cowboy Jack also knew the smartest man in the world would focus his energy on the music rather than chasing down fame. So, in his long and productive life, with his focus clearly set on just bringing great music into the world, he worked as singer, songwriter, and producer. There are the three albums of his own, but also great work by everyone from Waylon Jennings to U2 in the mix of his catalog. He developed one of Nashville's finest home studios. And, he lent his ear and expertise to the music of countless artists - famous and relatively unknown alike. Jack was a champion of great music. Rather than leave a hole in the music world when he passed last year, he left behind a tremendous body of work that will continue to fill and inspire the hearts and minds of countless musicians to come.
In honor of the upcoming release of his final album, we'd like to share the first single from the album - a stirring heartbreak number called "Let the Chips Fall." Check it out and see what you think, then mark your calendar.