By Nick Loundry

Jay Clark had a vision and pursued it. Inspired by his brother’s determination to make a film career happen, Clark set his sights on music. He’s hammered at the dream for a chunk of years now. Not too long but long enough to launch his own brand of Southern rock by way of Cincinnati.

On his latest LP, Cocked & Loaded, Clark lays down some fairly traditional sounding tracks with a nod to some of the greats. There’s some Allman Bros. in there. And there’s a kind of Alice Cooperness to Clark’s yowl. There’s even a bit of Charlie Daniels splashed around here and there.

One of the strongest tracks is “The River.” Clark sounds most confident here, accompanied by Adam Cunningham. Another standout is “Hell or High Water.” Clark’s takes on the genre is gritty and sincere. And if he stays at it, his voice and music will age just fine.

Tommy Harden – Drums
Eli Beaird / Mike Brignardello – Bass
Jeff King – Electric guitar
Steve Nathan – Piano
John Willis / Larry Beaird – Acoustic guitar
Tania Hancheroff /Adam Cunningham – Vocals
Jim DeBlanc – Engineer

Mastered at Yesmaster Studios in Nashville
Production: Beaird Music Studio


1. Get Wild
2. Hell or High Water
3. Leave It All Behind
4. Won’t Be Pushed Around
5. The River
6. Freight Train
7. Another Love Song
8. Cocked & Loaded
9. Whatcha Doin’ To Me