A Tribute to the Gypsy Cowboy
JubalFest was a musical tribute to late Austin singer/songwriter Jubal Clark and his musical compadres who shared the stage with him at the Austin Outhouse, Spellman’s, the Alamo Hotel, Emma Joe’s, the Aus-Tex Lounge, and other Austin singer/songwriter clubs back in the 1980’s. Those friends of Jubal’s who made a significant contribution to the Austin music scene and are no longer with us include: Blaze Foley, Calvin Russell, Townes Van Zandt, Jimmy La Fave, Bill Neely, Cody Hubach, Rusty Wier, Steven Fromholz, Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, Ricky Cardwell, Will Indian, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Rich Minus, and many more.
J.B. Clark or Jubal, sometimes also called “the Gypsy Cowboy,” after one of his compositions, was one of the first singer/songwriters in the Austin Scene together with Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt. For these guys writing songs that meant something, was not a 9-to-5 job, as he explained to Joe Nick Patoski in June of 1975: “You have to live it,” he figures. “it’s a full-time job. You can’t sit in an office then run out with a song. You have to be of the mind of the people you associate with. You have to adapt.” Even though commercially never as successful as Foley or Van Zandt, he was considered one of the pillars and guiding lights of the outlaw craftsmen scene.
His idiosyncratic songs could run on, venturing out from the typical blues, folk and country background into rock or jazz and incorporate everything from women to drinkin’ and druggin’ to politics. He passed away due to cancer, only 68 years old in 1997. Fast forward to today, 2 of his sons and several of his former bandmates put together a tribute show to him at Ross’ Old Austin Cafe on North Lamar in May. Many people agreed there should be a bigger event to honor Jubal and to include even more performers and that’s how JubalFest was born.
The event was a fundraiser for HAMM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), a non-profit organization helping Austin musicians with medical, dental, mental health, hearing, and vision services since 2005.
Performers included former members of the Jubal Clark Band, including his 3 sons, Stan, Dan, and Calibur Clark. Other performers include musicians who shared the stage with Jubal and his musical compatriots. Along with continuous live music, video will be presented from the upcoming Jubal Clark documentary and from Hank Sinatra’s vault of live music performances. Food was onsite from KG – the Egyptian BBQ Pitmaster featuring his mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork, and sausage.
Lady Jake (Jubal’s sister 🙂 )
Stan Clark & Pete Williams
Joanna Howerton & Michael Cross
John, Ben, & Boomer
Herschal McFarland & John Driver
Bracken Hale — with Lady Jake guesting on a couple of songs
Shiva’s Headband Experience
Glenn Brown Band
Happy Horse Band
Lost John Casner
Bludgeoned to Deth
Jubal Clark Coalition