Lovin’ and Leavin’ – A Bluegrass Tribute To Mickey Clark – Aaron Bibelhauser Posted on February 28, 2020 By David Morris

If you asked musicians who knew him to describe the late singer-songwriter Mickey Clark in just one word, there’d be choices such as “authentic,” “inspirational,” and “mentor.” 

Bluegrass singer-songwriter Aaron Bibelhauser uses all three when he mentions Clark. And he’s doing his best to keep Clark’s memory alive with this week’s independent release of Lovin’ and Leavin’ – A Bluegrass Tribute To Mickey Clark. 

Clark, 78, died two years ago in mid-July. He was known mostly for songs of his that were recorded by the Kingston Trio, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others in the country world. 

But along the way, he befriended and mentored a number of bluegrassers from in and around Kentucky, including Sam Bush, Michael Cleveland, and, in the final years of his life, Bibelhauser. Add to that list other bluegrass pickers and singers who admired Clark, and you might think about putting together an all-star tribute. 

Fortunately, for the rest of us, Bibelhauser didn’t just think about it. He went out and did it. He brought in Bush, Cleveland, members of Balsam Range (individually and collectively), Michigan songbird Missy Armstrong, Shawn Camp, T. Michael Coleman, Terry Baucom, Thomm Jutz, and others. 

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