Jay Clark | Live at Jammin At Hippie Jack's

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Live at Jammin At Hippie Jack's

by Jay Clark

A 2-CD set containing 19 of Jay's original tunes with all the stories and philosophical waxing (i.e., identified as "Rambles") included. Recorded LIVE at Tennessee State Museum in December 2008 for the Jammin' at Hippie Jack's television series.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ramble 1
0:49 $0.49
2. Sunday Afternoon
4:15 $0.99
3. Ramble 2
1:13 $0.49
4. Better Man
2:59 $0.99
5. Ramble 3
1:25 $0.49
6. Regurgitated
2:47 $0.99
7. Ramble 4
1:36 $0.49
8. Reflectors
3:43 $0.99
9. Ramble 5
1:27 $0.49
10. Anna Lee
3:26 $0.99
11. Ramble 6
1:32 $0.49
12. Unheard
3:45 $0.99
13. Ramble 7
2:17 $0.49
14. Progress
3:39 $0.99
15. Ramble 8
1:54 $0.49
16. Coal Mining Man
4:01 $0.99
17. Ramble 9
0:58 $0.49
18. Going Home
3:30 $0.99
19. Ramble 10
2:52 $0.49
20. Jesus Loves Dogs Too
5:02 $0.99
21. Ramble 11
0:08 $0.49
22. Lately
3:26 $0.99
23. Ramble 12
1:25 $0.49
24. Another Round
3:20 $0.99
25. Ramble 13
1:31 $0.49
26. Catfish
3:07 $0.99
27. Ramble 14
2:06 $0.49
28. Afterlife
4:32 $0.99
29. Ramble 15
1:06 $0.49
30. Free Beer Tomorrow
4:05 $0.99
31. Ramble 16
1:40 $0.49
32. Happy Birthday Baby Jesus
4:58 $0.99
33. Ramble 17
1:37 $0.49
34. Spinnin' & Grinnin'
5:09 $0.99
35. Ramble 18
0:47 $0.49
36. The Blind Man
4:16 $0.99
37. Ramble 19
1:22 $0.49
38. I'm Confused
4:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Many folks have asked me over the years if I would ever consider doing a LIVE record that included all the stories (i.e., Rambles) about the songs. Well, here it is in a 2-CD set and DVD (sold separately at www.jayclarkmusic.com) that includes 19 songs representing a sampling of the songs from my previous 3 studio recordings. The recording was made in December 2008 at the Tennessee State Museum for the "Jammin' at Hippie Jack's" television series which can be seen on more than 130 PBS stations across the country (check www.myhippiejack.com for affiliates near you). Throughout the recording, I am backed on mandolin by Cruz Contreras ("The Black Lillies" and formerly of "Robinella & the CC Stringband").

Here's a review by Steve Wildsmith of "The Daily Times" in Maryville, TN:

It's profoundly difficult for a singer-songwriter to record a live album that truly does the music justice.
By their very nature, singer-songwriters — a fancy term for folk musicians — create an ambience at their shows that's hard to sum up on an audio recording. The stage, the atmosphere, the mood of the crowd ... all of those things play into how successful a show can be, and if those ingredients are missing — as they inevitably are on CD, that are listened to weeks or months or years after the particular performance at which they are recorded — then the final product comes across as a lackluster thing. It may sound representative of that particular artist, but it's forgettable and, ultimately no substitute for an authentic live show.

The latter is certainly the case with local boy Jay Clark — a singer-songwriter who calls Rockford, TN, home — but the former most definitely is not, at least when it comes to his new album, “Live at Jammin' at Hippie Jack's.” Of course it can't compare to showing up in person and seeing Jay play live, but the only thing it lacks in that respect is Jay popping out of the CD booklet with a guitar in hand.

It's a credit to his Southern charm, droll delivery and penchant for storytelling — both in a song and in the between-song banter — that Clark can craft a live album that captures his personality so well. The quality is crisp and crystal-clear, but even better is the decision to leave Clark's commentary intact. Whether he's telling a story about his old dog Petey prior to the tearjerker “Jesus Loves Dogs Too” or the final days of an old friend prior to the haunting “Afterlife,” Clark has a knack for enthralling listeners.

The audience patter — chuckles and laughter and applause and shouts — is further proof that Clark does something right live, and at last there's a live album that, in many ways, surpasses his studio records. That's because songs like the ones Clark writes need to live and breathe on their own, and the context he gives through descriptions and backstories is the lightning that brings those songs to life.

Imagine, if you will, gathered around a late-night bonfire somewhere in the back pasture of a rural farm out near Walland, TN ... and around that fire is an unassuming guy with a guitar to whom nobody pays much attention until he's given a nudge and urged to play a song. Jay Clark is that guy, the same one who casts a spell around that fire and seems to summon all things good and true and righteous about life in the South — dogs and NASCAR and cold beer and over-development of rural land and catfish — and lays them out in a song.

In his hands, from his mouth, they seem to grow from the soil, watered by shout-outs to his mother and wife. Armed with just a guitar and the adept mandolin playing of his old friend Cruz Contreras, Clark navigates through two discs worth of songs, culminating in the smoldering frustration of “I'm Confused,” which finds him hollering and banging on that old six-string like some old-time preacher man.

It's a nice cap from an evening that's immortalized on CD now, and for anyone who's a Jay Clark fan — or a fan of good music in general — the lasting impression is one of, “I wish I could've been there.”



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