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Cowboy Jack Clement, one of country music’s most eclectic and colorful figures, passed away in 2013 after completing what would be his final musical work. Now fans will have the chance to hear it. Cowboy Jack’s album For Once and For All is set for release July 15 on the new Nashville label I.R.S. Records.
Cowboy Jack did it all during his time in the music business, finding success as a songwriter, producer and music publisher. He composed the famous horn arrangements on Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and produced Charley Pride’s first albums on the RCA label as well as Waylon Jennings’ Dreaming My Dreams. Cowboy Jack was named as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame before he died on Aug. 8, 2013, at age 82.
For his final album (only the third to ever carry his name), the legendary Cowboy Jack got musical help from some A-list musical guests, including Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Rodney Crowell and Dierks Bentley, among others.
“If you unraveled all the threads Jack wove into the tapestry of what made country music great over the last 50-plus years, the whole thing would come apart,” said Emmylou in a statement about the album.