Earl Clark with Billy Don Burns

November 30, 2011

Earl Clark grew up in Detroit, surrounded by rhythm and blues. But, it wasn’t until he heard Merle Haggard, that country music stole his heart. A Native American of the North Carolina Lumbee Tribe, Earl has the natural ability to express himself meaningfully through his song writing.



 He is the only Native American to achieve his level of success, with one of his hit songs, “Can’t Break it to My Heart,” being played over two million times. Another song, “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues,” is approaching that same mark. Earl’s “I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor,” has touched the hearts of millions. Early in his career, Earl was invited to Nashville by Ernest Tubbs, and at his suggestion, began driving tour buses for the stars, in order to gain their attention and to have his songs heard. Among those he drove for were Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed and a host of others. As planned, his songs were heard and enjoyed. Earl’s songs have been recorded by George Strait, Johnny Rodriguez, Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Tanya Tucker, and Tim McGraw. One of Earl’s favorite stories is about one of he and his father’s favorite songwriter/performers, Martha Carson, who wrote “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. She was performing one evening in a venue where Earl was singing. He recognized her voice, and her flaming red hair, and to his amazement Earl had a chance to meet her. She then became the first person he wrote with as he embarked upon his historical career.

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