Bill Clark

Bill ClarkBill Clark, Cowboy /Singer/Composer

Bill Clark says, “Life is a Mystery”, grinning as he quotes from a song he wrote and recently recorded. Bill received notification that his last CD, The Man I am, had won the 2016 Country/Western CD of the Year Award from the National Traditional Country Music Association. So, who is this man with the quick joke and the country voice?

Bill Clark was born in Richmond, WA. When he was two years old, his family returned to Collbran, CO, the Plateau Valley, and the Rocky Mountains. Growing up in the Plateau Valley helped to shape the man he became; his values, his beliefs, which are the backbone of this cowboy’s life, which inspired his hit song, Old Fashion Makin’s.

Days in school were long, as his heart was in the great outdoors. His mother encouraged him to learn music and had him take piano lessons at the age of seven. Alas, this failed because he just wanted to be outside, doing anything. When he was 11, he began working for local ranchers, moving cattle, haying, irrigating, and cowboying. His love of music didn’t begin until, at the age of 14, he picked up his dad’s guitar.

After high school, he received greetings from Uncle Sam, and decided to accept the Army’s invitation to be all you can be, eventually becoming a Screaming Eagle paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. While serving his country, the call of high country of Colorado kept calling to him. His guitar and songs were his connection to home.

After his time serving Uncle Sam, he returned to his beloved Colorado where he was back in the saddle again. Seeing the world from the back of a good horse suited him just fine, but it didn’t always keep his belly full. When he got hungry, he would trade his country life for the open road, driving a semi-truck. He whiled away the hours behind the wheel, singing and composing songs.

Music continues to be a very important part of his life. He sings in churches, at weddings, in a gospel band, and he was the lead singer for The Salt Creek Band for over ten years.

June 20, 2016, Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association, wrote, “From the mountains of Colorado, this very down to earth composer/singer puts his strength in the pen and on to the paper, and then transfers it to a melody. I like Bill’s philosophy a lot, he knows what’s happening in our comfortable world of real cowboys, horses, farms, corn, small town life, country cookin’, and words that express how we live, what we think…Bill Clark is retrospective recall of what country and western music was all about in the beginning of its genre establishment. Bill is carrying on that tradition super well, and he uses his own experiences to make it work for him.”

In August 2016, Bill was invited to St. George, UT, to sing at the showing of the documentary film, The Great American Cowboy. He was selected not only for his singing, but because he best represents the true American cowboy.

Bill is currently on tour, bringing his, Slap-n- leather Country Music, to Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, and South Dakota. If you ask him why he writes and performs his music, he’ll tell you, “If I can help people take their minds off their worries and woes for an hour or two, it’s been a good day.”

Bill says, “My music reflects my life. My love for the Lord, my family, my country, and my friends.” These things helped mold Bill into The Man I Am.