History of The ClemTown Cowboys
Odell W. and Raymond Ray-Ray B. were two creative
kats from the city of Mount Clemens, Michigan. Becoming best-friends
at L’Anse Creuse HS North in 1994/5, they put their creativity
to use, and began to make their own music. Dreams of starting
a band ran through their heads, but that dream never really
left the ground. Their love of music left an open mind for
all types of genres, and they were especially fond of local
artists. Already fans of the local Kid Rock; they found something
special in the man behind the turntables in Rock’s band: Twisted
Brown Trucker. That man, was Matt Shafer. You all know him
now, by the name: Uncle Kracker. Odell’s girl Sabrina Sabs
M. and Ray-Ray’s girl Nicole Coley R. attended a handful
of Kid Rock shows, and were also hooked on the talent of Uncle
Kracker. When Kracker dropped his debut album in June of 2000,
the four friends from Mount The Clem Clemens, MI picked
up the disc when it first hit the record store shelves. Pumping
the tracks in their cars, cruising the Clem during car shows,
and late night cruises; the kats from the Clem promoted Kracker’s
music to friends & family. They liked the music so much, that
they began to promote Kracker’s tunes to people they didn’t
know. From then on, they dubbed themselves The ClemTown
Cowboys or cTc for short. The idea to
build a cTc website, and run the Fans Fan Club for
the local musician started to take form. They presented the
idea to what would be the fifth member of cTc: Sabs’ brother:
Christopher Lil Chris M. Odell & Ray-Ray ran with the
ideas, built the site, hosted it on www.clemtowncowboys.com,
and the rest is history!!
site really took off. The self-proclaimed the #1 Uncle Kracker
site on the internet and.. it easily was! With
their constant up-keep on Kracker’s news, schedule, and the
happenings in Kracker’s, and cTc’s, hometown of Mount Clemens,
the site was an instant local success. Within time, the site
spread throughout the US, and even overseas. Kracker’s fans
had a loyal fan based powerhouse to go to on the internet.
When people wanted to know all about their favorite Uncle,
they didn’t have to look far. cTc met many people along the
way: from fans, big-wigs, and even Kracker himself. Sabs had
a connection to Matt Shafer himself, through family, so it
made the “job” of up-keeping the site even that much more
special. The BIGGEST accomplishment link was that on
Kracker’s official website! Talking to Kracker’s producer,
manager, and reps from Atlantic Records & Lava Records, and
even VH1 (just to name a few) were also a few other perks
that came along w/the site. Through persistence and commitment,
cTc became much BIGGER than expected.
ClemTown Cowboys built this site, for the fans. cTc hopes
that the fans stay loyal to the all new – version 2.0 – of
the cTc website. Let’s keep Kracker’s music going strong!
We were there from the beginning; when Kracker was spinnin’
for Rock. Through Double Wide, and No Stranger To Shame. Through
the Kenny Chesney colab, and beyond! We’ll still be here in
the future. We hope all of you will join us!!
Too many positives came out during the process of creating
and maintaining the site. Too many to list here. But, cTc
would like to thank the following people:
Thanks, first of all, for making great music. Second, for
bein’ so damn cool, and so damn real, each and every time
we met ya! We really do appreciate the way you act towards
your fans. It shows that you are REAL. REAL MUSIC. REAL
FRESH. FOR REAL PEOPLE. Good luck as an artist, and as
a fellow resident of the COOLEST lil city in the state: Mount
Clemens!! Also, thanks for the inspiration...Clem style!!
(And – thanks to both Matt and Mel – for treating Sabrina
so nice) We’ll ALWAYS support you as an artist, and as a person!
Thanks for EVERYTHING!!
The ClemTown Cowboys ourselves!
Not to sound conceited, but, we’d all like to thank each other
- for putting our time, dedication, and money into this site
each and every year in-order to keep it running at ‘top-notch’
quality...It was an absolute BLAST !!
Thanks a ton for making this the #1 Uncle Kracker site on
the net – built by the fans, for the fans. And thank you all
for the hits that we constantly receive; even when it seemed
like your Uncle didn’t have that much going on public / news
wise... That shows your dedication.
all the GREAT people we met along the way...
to the ‘Double Wide’ band lineup
– Steve & Eric (good luck w/Gold Cash Gold)
– Nick & Scott (good luck w/Shipwreck Union)
– and Mark (good luck w/the new ‘No Stranger’ lineup).
All of you were great, and showed your appreciation for ‘true’
Bradford – thanks for bein’ so down to earth, and thanks for
all the great news you sent our way!
& 75 North – Thanks ‘caine. Kick the Clem’s ass w/your bright-ass,
pure-talent music. Thanks for keeping us up on the happenin’s
the FANS in the cTc Fan Alliance!! Thanks for joining up,
and keeping this site alive!!
select few at Atlantic/Lava Records (for the info, and goods
for our contest), and the original peeps who set up unclekracker.com
(for the HUGE link).
White Boy Ric, and any other local artists who support the
– our boy in England – Extreme Kid Rock. Thanks for sharing
some of your news w/us. We had fun exchanging info. Keep your
site alive bro!!
Wilcox – man, what to say about you. There’s just too much
to write in this little space. Thanks for sharing the experience
of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH with us...Those
memories will NEVER be forgotten. We all miss ya lil buddy!!
the new “staff” that will take over the reigns, grab the cTc
torch, and launch & maintain the new site – version 2.0. Good
that’s about all we have to say. Thanks to anyone we missed.
It was fun while it lasted... Take care, and don’t treat people
like crap. Like our boy Jocaine told us – “We all breathe
the same air” – Kracker seems like he follows this rule; and
that’s why this site was so HUGE, cause it was REAL !!!”
Odell, Ray-Ray, Sabs, Coley, and Lil Chris
to know what the Cowboys are doing now?
of October 2004:
“Odell” W – is a small business owner (Automotive
Detailing) in Clinton Township .. just seconds away
from The Clem. He plans on opening another, or multiple
businesses, in the near future. A musical project
may also be on the horizon...
“Sabs” M – currently enrolled in College -- Early
Childhood Care / Teaching. She's pretty close to graduation,
and wants to teach pre-school & possibly open her
own Day Care in the near future. She is a manager
at a retail store at a local mall in Roseville. Odell
& Sabs have been currently dating for almost 8 years.
“Ray-Ray” B – graduate of MSU. currently occupied
as an engineer in Southfield...
“Coley” R – in charge of payroll at a local dealership
in Clinton Township. Ray-Ray & Coley currently live
together in a home in Roseville, and just recently
“Lil Chris” M – works in the field of Automotive
Detailing. Lives in a condo in Clinton Twp...
sky’s the limit!! Good luck to us all!!