NEXT APPEARANCE: April 27, 2017 Station Inn, Nashville TN
The loose confederation of musicians below is a country/folk supergroup who gather to play at the Station Inn on the occasional occasions when Mr. Rooney returns to Nashville. One thing they have in common is that they are some of the group of artists and session players associated with the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement and the incredibly successful crew of producers and engineers who grew up under his tutelage, including Rooney, Allen Reynolds, Garth Fundis, Mark Howard, David Ferguson, and others. Brief profiles and links are listed in the body of this page. And so we present: the Summa Cum Laude graduates of Cowboy’s College of Musical Nonsense.
[SCROLL DOWN FOR PROFILES] 1.Dan Dugmore 2.Pete Wasner 3.Pat McInerney 4.Shawn Camp 5.Bob White 6.Jim Rooney 7.Dave Pomeroy 8.Pat McLaughlin 9.Richard Bailey 10.Bill Kenner 11.Kirk “Jelly Roll” Johnson 12.Tim O’Brien 13.Stuart Duncan 14.John Prine 15.Nanci Griffith 16.Pat Alger
Jim Rooney has been making music for over 50 years starting in his Boston home where he managed the Club 47 in the 60s and was a director of the Newport Folk Festival. Subsequently he managed Albert Grossman’s Bearsville Studios in Woodstock and then later moved to Nashville where he has produced John Prine, Iris DeMent, Nanci Griffith and Peter Rowan amongst many others. Along the way, he’s been in a number of different groups and continues with Rooneys Irregulars, a rotating group of musicians who split their time between Nashville and Ireland. Rooney is also the author of several highly regarded books about music.-Amazon.com
Circa 1988, Jim wrote a heart-felt press release/bio for his mentor, the late Cowboy Jack Clement.
For more detailed information, please visit the various web sites linked below. For discographies, one can search the guide at AllMusic.com .
1.Dan Dugmore, pedal steel
As a member of Linda Ronstadt’s and James Taylor’s groups in the 1980s, Dan helped define the sound of steel for the country rock genre. In Nashville for the past couple decades, he has graced hundreds of projects with his tasteful touch. Put out a heartfelt solo album of Beatles covers in 2003.
2.Pete Wasner, keyboards
Another L.A. transplant, Wasner played with Lowell George after he left LITTLE FEAT and Vince Gill, with whom he continues to work. For many years in Nashville, he was on staff as a writer and studio musician with the Reynolds/Rooney/Miller/Tye FORERUNNER MUSIC.
3.Pat McInerney, drums
Longtime drummer and road manager for Nanci Griffith, Mac has branched out into producing. He and Pomeroy were the rhythm section for Don Williams’ band and also a spinoff group with Danny Flowers – The Scratch Band. Married to bass player, songwriter, and occasional Griffith bandmember Lee Ann Etheridge, he is the only Irregular with three first names – Pat, Mac, and Ernie.
4.Shawn Camp electric guitar/acoustic guitar/fiddle/vocals
Songwriter and sideman/co-writer to the stars (Guy Clark, John Prine, Jim Lauderdale, Willie nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, Shelby Lynne, etc.), Shawn often worked with the late Jack Clement, who dubbed him “Boy Wonder”. His George Strait cut was Billboard’s #5 country song for all of 2009. He has put out a string of albums, the first two of which Warner/Reprise were re-issued in July 2010. In 2013, he was nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of THIS ONE’S FOR HIM, the Guy Clark Tribute album. A year later, in 2014, he was nominated again for producing Guy’s MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU, and this time won the Grammy. In 2015, Tne Earls of Leicester won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass album and multiple awards at IBMA, with Shawn being named Male Vocalist of the Year.
5.Bob White, guest star
aka “Roberto Bianco, The Romantic Voice of our Time”, regularly appears with The Jay Patten Band, put out a standards album with gut-string virtuoso Michael Johnson, has appeared as a comic actor in a number of videos and feature films, including the late Jim Varney’s ERNEST series and SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN aka Cowboy Jack’s Home Movies.
6.Jim Rooney, left-handed acoustic guitar/vocals/M.C.
Jim came to Nashville in the mid-70s and engineered for Cowboy Jack Clement until, as a producer, he worked with a number of ground-breaking artists including Prine and Griffith as well as Iris Dement, Hal Ketchum, Barry and Holly Tashian, Richard Dobson, and others. He also had some success as a publisher, providing tunes to the unknown Garth Brooks. In 2009, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION.
7.Dave Pomeroy, bass
Also arriving in Music City around 1975, Pomeroy got work with Crystal Gayle, who was then recording with Allen Reynolds at Jack’s Tracks, and toured for many years with Cowboy Jack discovery, Don Williams. In the 80s, fronted the jazz fusion/percussion band Tone Patrol. He has played on more than 500 albums with a wide variety of artists including Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Peter Frampton, Adrian Belew, and Chet Atkins, including 6 Grammy winning records. He has a home studio and is an independent producer and has his own label Earwave Records. In December 2008, Dave was elected President of the Nashville Association of Musicians.
8.Pat McLaughlin, guitar/mandolin/vocals
Songwriter, country R&B vocalist, bandleader McLaughlin has been a stalwart of the “live” music scene in Nashville for 30 years. He has notably worked recently with Tommy Malone of New Orleans band THE SUBDUDES, written with Prine and Camp, and once appeared in a video with Ray Charles — RAY CHARLES!. Aso appears along with Shawn Camp and Al Anderson (NRBQ) as The World Famous Headliners. 2016 finds him fronting a new band (Including Richard Bailey, Dave Ferguson, Mark Howard, others) – called RUF NEX – as well as touring as part of John Prine’s group.
9.Richard Bailey, banjo
A member of too many bluegrass bands to mention, Richard was part of the Grammy-nominated ROLAND WHITE BAND before really hitting the big time (bluegrass-wise) as part of THE STEELDRIVERS (2016 Grammy Best Bluegrass album).
10.Bill Kenner, mandolin
Big Bill has appeared on albums by JJ Cale, Brooks and Dunn, and others, and was a writer on Tracy Byrd’s first #1 “Holdin’ Heaven” in 1993
11.Kirk “Jelly Roll” Johnson, harmonica
Jelly Roll has forged a place for himself as the songwriters’ harmonica man. A frequent (and only) sideman with the originators of the BLUEBIRD CAFE’S “Writers in the Round”, he put out an album some years ago with the unique concept of backing songs by three distinctive writers — Fred Knobloch, Verlon Thompson, and Malcolm Holcombe. December 2013 finds him working on a New Orleans-style harp record at the studio of acoustic guitar wizard Richard Smith.
12.Tim O’Brien, mandolin/fiddle/bouzouki/vocals
As a member of HOT RIZE, bluegrassers with an alter ego as RED KNUCKLES AND HIS TRAILBLAZERS, multi-instrumentalist O’Brien helped define the modern bluegrass era. Writing for Rooney’s FORERUNNER MUSIC GROUP, he provided hit songs for Kathy Mattea and others, and continues successful solo and duo (recently with Darrell Scott and previously with sister Mollie) careers. Part of the EARLS OF LEICESTER, bluegrass supergroup tribute to Flatt and Scruggs, which also includes Shawn Camp. They have a record coming out on ROUNDER, September 2014.
13.Stuart Duncan, fiddle
Probably the most in-demand Nashville fiddle player for the past 20 years for studio, TV, and concert work. Somehow finds time to perform as part of the seminal NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND . In 2013, his acoustic chamber music quartet with Edgar Meyer, Yo Yo Ma, and Chris Thile, won the Grammy for Best Folk Album, beating out the aforementioned Camp production. Also tours with Diana Krall.
14.John Prine, guitar/vocals
If you do not know who he is, you have no business reading this page.
15.Nanci Griffith, guitar/vocals
See above, but substitute “she”
16.Pat Alger, guitar
A native Georgian, he has been with Rooney, since the 1970s when they were part of THE WOODSTOCK MOUNTAIN REVUE, whose Music from Mud Acres was one of the earliest releases on Rounder Records. Toured as a duo with the late Artie Traum. Came to Nashville in the 80s and worked as the guitar player for Nanci and was the first writer signed to FORERUNNER MUSIC, where he had many hits recorded by Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Billboard Single of the Year for Hal Ketchum. As past President of the Nashville Songwriters Assn. Int’l, Pat made trips to Washington, DC to convince Congress to pass legislation protecting the present and future rights of songwriters worldwide. In 2010, he was elected to the NSAI Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.