Former local singer/songwriter Jay Clark is officially local again after spending four years in Alabama, where his wife, Stacy Clark, was working with the U.S. Forest Service. The Clarks are back in the area as of Oct. 1, living in on 14-acre spread in Rockford.
"We are so excited to be back that it makes me almost peeeee myself!" Clark writes in an e-mail confirming the move back. "There were some changes in her old office in Huntsville, Ala., and they asked her if she would like a transfer and where. It took us about a 0.0009 seconds to shout out ‘Knoxville.' So, here we are! As for me, I will still do some work related to my wildlife biology background via UT and private contracts, but the music thing has kind of become my steady full-time job. So, I will continue to be a washed up Ph.D. that drinks beer and plays guitar for a living while having a ‘sugar momma' that brings home the pig candy."
Clark grew up in Winchester, Tenn., and attended Maryville College and the University of Tennessee in the 1990s. After a few years in Oklahoma, where he earned his doctorate, he returned to Knoxville and became a regular performer around town. He returned several times in the 18 months to record, and then support, his 2008 album I'm Confused.
The couple recently hosted a house concert for Jimmy Davis and Doug and Telisha Williams at their new digs, and Clark has a two-week tour through Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas with Davis scheduled for December. Otherwise he expects the rest of the year to be quiet for him, with local shows starting in late December or January.