Clark Cotton is an emerging artist and the son of Margee McAdoo, the girl who spent the entire summer of 1957 with Elvis Presley at Graceland, cousin of Jim Cotton, recording engineer and Sandy Posey recording artist (Nashville, TN). Cotton finds his solace in Country music.
Listening to the collection of songs found on Clark Cotton’s website, it’s quite uncanny how Cotton has adopted and performed these tunes, written and composed by Jim Stiene. Considering that Cotton himself sees this music as far removed from his personal life as one can imagine. He tackles this compromise using his musical integrity rather intelligently, by blending his built-in irony, as on “I Thank The Lord”, or his penchant for telling everyday real-life stories with a satirical twist, like “Dysfuntional” and “Slice Of The Pie”. The sound is simple and unpretentious. It is a really good collection of what is normally termed as classic ‘third generation’ country, a sound that Johnny Cash would later turn into Rockabilly.
These songs build on the roots of the music that Cotton evidently loves. You get the feeling that this music sounds so good with him, because it is music that he has felt and performed with heartfelt sincerity.
Each individual song by Clark Cotton can be fully enjoyed by Country music lovers in its own right; however, collectively they have a profound cohesion made possible by Cotton’s sincere and honest interpretation of each and every song.
In the process, Cotton has gone quite a few steps farther, looking over and above his own musical career. He has created a social network for emerging artists seeking cloud, browser, search, playlist, messaging and games solutions, to produce and distribute quality inventory.
In fact Cotton is the founder and CEO of the RockNext Music Entertainment, Inc. The company which formed in 2011, is a pre-revenue, start-up music entertainment platform. RockNext will offer “white labeled” branded revenue products including; live venues, publishing, licensing, merchandising, TV, film, audio, video, digital cloud storage facility, internet web browser, social network, digital music and video playlist, real time messaging and competitive virtual on-line games to its retail members, emerging artists, industry professionals, & fans.
RockNext plans to help emerging artists, industry professionals and fans, by delivering a connection to the A-list, a unique social network based experience by seeing videos, playing games, creating and listening to music and then attending or performing live to promote and publish their “brand” and to share profits on merchandising and ads.
In a nutshell, RockNext is creating a specific value chain for emerging artists on each of the new digital music distribution fronts, with a focus on initial recordings, cloud storage, online contests, live ticketing events, digital piracy prevention, ads and paid streaming videos, emerging artist development, producing, licensing, recording, mixing, mastering and engineering of audio and video, and by providing facilities and technology to emerging artists produced by Rocknext, to “showcase” at key live events.
In this constant, modern-day music evolution, which is helping many unknown artists find an outlet for the creative talents, there can be no doubt that another musical services platform will be most welcomed by all artists striving to better their respective careers and creative processes.
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