My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Spotlight Artist: Clay Walker

claywalker61Born in Vidor, Texas on August 19, 1969, Ernest Clayton Walker, Jr. was a mainstay on country radio throughout most of the 1990s. He began playing the guitar at age nine and by fifteen was entering talent competitions. He began playing in venues around Texas following his high school graduation. He was discovered by James Stroud while playing in a club in Beaumont in 1992 and signed to Giant Records, one of the many new labels launched in Nashville during country music’s unprecedented boom in popularity.

Walker’s debut release “What’s It to You” quickly shot to #1, as did his next release “Live Until I Die”. He was a consistent Top 10 hitmaker through most of the 1990s, producing such memorable hits as “If I Could Make a Living”, “This Woman and This Man”, “Rumor Has It”, and “Watch This”. His popularity began to wane a bit by the decade’s end, for a variety of reasons, including producer and label changes, changes in commercial tastes, and a 1998 multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Since 2005 he has been signed to Curb Records and like most artists signed to that label, new recordings have been released rather infrequently.

We will be looking back at the highlights of Clay’s career throughout the month of July.

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