Cowboy Jack Clement
At Sun Records, Clement discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and wrote classics like Johnny Cash's "Ballad of a Teenage Queen." Later, as a producer, he became what Auerbach calls "a magnet for a lot of the pot-smoking, hippie country guys in Nashville." Several of those musicians play on Auerbach's LP, and Clement's apprentice David "Fergie" Ferguson co-produced (Clement died in 2013). "He wasn't afraid of being quirky," says Auerbach, describing how Clement used Hawaiian lap steel and conga drums on records. He also championed Charley Pride, the first black country star, in the Sixties. "That was his idea – everyone else said no to [Pride]," says Auerbach. "He was a genius."