Bill Clark

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The name Bill Clark resounds through the Appalachian music scene, although it would be an exaggeration to suggest a presence on par with the singalong exploits of legendary folk song subject "Old Joe…
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The name Bill Clark resounds through the Appalachian music scene, although it would be an exaggeration to suggest a presence on par with the singalong exploits of legendary folk song subject "Old Joe Clark." Playing a combination of banjo, pedal steel, and guitar, the Bill Clark who strolls on-stage with the central Ohio combo Bigfoot is part of a younger generation of players with this name whose home turf and musical girth smack of hillbilly. His discography credits start up in the mid-'90s; he should not be confused with the named-alike bluegrass player who accompanied the McCormick Brothers in a previous decade.

Bigfoot was formed by Columbus collaborators whose previous rocking combo had been called Ugly Stick. When Clark joined in 1995, the group had about a year's history as a quartet behind it. Initially he stuck to banjo and pedal steel, suggesting a kind of Rusty Young of the '90s with Bigfoot in the role of Buffalo Springfield. Sleepwalk and Dark Old Days represent the Bigfoot print on CD. By the latter release, as the decade wound to a close, Clark had begun playing more guitar, an instrumental reaction to the departure of original bandmember Jeff Clowdus. Clark has also worked with the wildly energetic New Bomb Turks.