Bill Clark

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One of as many as a half-dozen people named Bill Clark who are involved in country music, this one started out as a hired guitar gun, providing finesse with the pinky slide on '80s recording sessions…
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One of as many as a half-dozen people named Bill Clark who are involved in country music, this one started out as a hired guitar gun, providing finesse with the pinky slide on '80s recording sessions by David Ball, well before that artist was "Riding with Private Malone." As is often the norm in this genre, Clark eventually starting cruising forward into his own spotlight. Geographical data helps him stand out from the Nashville crowd, even among performers whose name is not even the same as his. Clark is based out of Michigan, not Tennessee. He even recorded for Motown in the spring of 2003, although the news concerning Motown is that the famous soul label was revitalized and dabbling in country, not the other way around.

Like Ball, Clark has been associated with the songs of James Nihan, a clever contemporary country writer. One of Clark's first appearances as a soloist was on a compilation titled Tomorrow the World; he was one of three artists represented in the Wild Oats collection and chose to present only material written by Nihan. The aforementioned Motown session also consisted entirely of Nihan jottings or collaborations, a dozen in all including the stomping "She Put Her Foot Down," the sticky "Wet Cement," and the topical "These Days Those Days Are Gone." But this project gives every indication of having either been seriously delayed or canned.