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Musician Jed Clampit returns to Steamboat, Craig venues

Musician Jed Clampit, pictured here in Routt County in 2012, will perform at Steamboat's Chief Theater on Tuesday and Craig's J.W. Snack's Bar & Grill on Friday. Clampit, of Fayetteville, Ark., played his genre of "front porch contemporary" regularly in Northwest Colorado in the 1980s and '90s, as well as with less frequency in recent years.
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If you go…

Jed Clampit

7 p.m., Tuesday

Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs

— Tickets are $10 online at chieftheater.org or $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Comedian Kip Attaway will open the show. For more information, call 970-871-4791.

If you go...

Jed Clampit

10 p.m., Friday

J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way, Craig

— There is no cover charge for this performance. Ages 21 and up only. For more information, call 970-826-0468.

When you hear his name, you might get the wrong impression. No, he’s not a fictitious oil tycoon, just a man who loves playing good music for people who want to hear it.

If you go…

Jed Clampit

7 p.m., Tuesday



Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs

— Tickets are $10 online at chieftheater.org or $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Comedian Kip Attaway will open the show. For more information, call 970-871-4791.



If you go…

Jed Clampit

10 p.m., Friday

J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way, Craig

— There is no cover charge for this performance. Ages 21 and up only. For more information, call 970-826-0468.

Musician Jed Clampit, of Fayetteville, Ark., will be playing in Steamboat Springs and Craig this week. Describing himself as an artist of the “front porch contemporary” genre, he has been singing and playing the guitar for more than 50 years, associating with big names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Band and many more along the way, as well as releasing seven albums of his own.

Clampit will be at Steamboat’s Chief Theater on Tuesday and at Craig’s J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill on Friday night in his triumphant return to Northwest Colorado, where he performed regularly starting in the mid-1980s.

AB: What brings you out our way again?

Clampit: I hadn’t been out there in two years, and I was going to Steamboat to ski, and I had talked to Danny (Griffith), at J.W., and he’s always a great host and that’s a good place to play. It’ll just be an old friends and fun kind of week. I always dig it when I get to Colorado. You guys have got a good thing going.

AB: What exactly is “front porch contemporary”?

Clampit: I’m entering my 54th year of practice, and I’ve played a little bit of everything. I learned to play on a front porch because it was really comfortable — no stress, no tension, no pressure at all. I like that atmosphere when I play, and I call it contemporary because that’s how I’m playing it today. I do the country thing, Willie and Merle (Haggard) and all those old boys, and through the years, I’ve also done James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel and Jim Croce. I like that kind of stuff. I do blues, rock ‘n’ roll, all sorts of stuff, so I kind of made up my own thing so instead of getting just a slice of the pie, I get the whole pie.

AB: I have to ask — is Jed Clampit your real name?

Clampit: My Christian name is Roy Dale Clampit. When I went on the road, the guys all started calling me Jed (from “The Beverly Hillbillies,” whose family name is Clampett). If you ask for Dale, I probably went to high school with you. If you ask for Roy, you’re from the government. And, if you ask for Jed, you’re looking for the musician. I’m a Clampit from a long line of musicians.

AB: What are you looking forward to most about your time in our area?

Clampit: It’s my little busman’s holiday, as it would be. I’ve got some new tunes, new energy and a new lease on life. I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward to skiing; it’s where I learned and the only place I’ve ever skied. I want to see all the musicians around there, great music there. In Craig, there’s a lot of cats picking around there, and they’ll probably come and pick with me, which is great because I always love picking with the local players. The best pickers in the world are local guys because they don’t want to do all that other stuff. They just play what makes them happy, and I really appreciate that.

AB: What else do you have in store for the future?

Clampit: Steamboat’s one of the few places I’m going to go this year. I’m working on (album) No. 8 and that could take two to five years, and once I get that done, I’ll be doing some more touring for that. I’ve spent most of my life on the road, so it’s nice to be able to kick back. Life’s good, no complaints.

— Interview by Andy Bockelman


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