Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"

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.


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Comment by Andy Ziehli on April 15, 2014 at 9:47am

Cowboy Jack was a great man and a true innovator.  He was also very generous with his knowledge of the music business.  My wife Joyce and I  were very fortunate to spend many hours hanging out with Cowboy listening to his stories and songs.  When I built my studio Jack let me hang out with him for a day in his studio.  He gave me great advice on how to set up my studio.  He always took the time to explain the right way to do something.  Joyce and I both miss him.  I have a picture of him holding his cat in front of his house that hangs in our house and one of him at the board in his studio in my studio.  His rules for recording and song writing also hang in my studio.  Cowboy Jack was a great guy!  Andy Ziehli

Comment by Dave Wallace on April 15, 2014 at 7:34pm

Jack's performance at the end of his tribute in Jan. '12 was THE most-emotional musical experience of my life -- closing my all-time-favorite concert.  I sure hope the video, or at least the audio, recorded that evening makes its way to the market while I'm still alive (64 and counting).  —Dave Wallace 

Comment by eric james burton on April 29, 2014 at 6:49am

A GIANT of Country music and a nice guy too. Love this track and can't wait for the album to be released. His voice definitely got better with age. A man who the word Superstar was made for.


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