Native Louisvillian Mickey Clark’s musical journey has led him from Kentucky through the Chicago, New York and Nashville music meccas and back to Louisville, picking up praise along the way from a young Bob Dylan*, who saw Mickey Clark perform in Chicago, along with Mickey White (who later played with Townes Van Zandt) at the Earl of Old Town. (And as Clark was honing his singing and songwriting skills, (he wrote two songs that the Oak Ridge Boys recorded and had a song recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis) he met and befriended such icons as Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine and Kinky Friedman, and they all stepped up to help out on his “Winding Highways” CD, which was named 2009 Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner and Americana Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jim Rooney (Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Hal Ketchum, Tom Paxton, Iris Dement), his critically acclaimed collection (on ear X-tacy) also features guest performances by Sam Bush, Robin & Linda Williams, Turley Richards and the late Tim Krekel.
Mickey’s music falls into the Americana genre and Michael Young, the longtime host of WFPK’s Roots ‘n Boots radio show, had this to say about his “Winding Highways” CD:
“Set Guy Clark's lyrics to Jimmy Buffet's melodies and you have Mickey Clark. My first reaction to “Winding Highways” was 'how could I have I lived in Kentucky all this time and NOT know Mickey Clark?' This album will take you out west, along the border, to the hills of Kentucky, and through the echoes of your mind.”
* In a Rolling Stone interview by Ben Fong-Torres that appeared in the Rolling Stone book, “Knockin’ On Dylan’s Door” on page 109
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