My name is Jerry Clayworth. I'm a 46-year-old native Texan, born and raised in the home of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. I've had many interests and occupations in my lifetime, but the one constant has always been music.... Because of my passion for music, I have worked as an event (concert) coordinator/promoter, graphic designer, journalist, photographer, etc., for the last 30+ years. Over the years, I've put together and/or participated in literally dozens of benefit events, and, with the indespinsable help of SO MANY fine musicians, venues, and others in the music community, we've combined to do a LOT of great things for some really good people and causes.
I was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure in October 2011, and have been on hemo-dialysis now for about a year and a half. Once kidney function has failed to the degree that mine has, there is generally zero chance of the kidneys "bouncing back" to a more functional state. I am now forced to have dialysis treatments three days a week, for 5 hours per treatment, in order to survive.
I'm very fortunate to have this option available to me, and I'm blessed with an incredible staff at the University Health System dialysis clinic where I go for treatment, however, hemo-dialysis, for all the good it does, is very hard on the body, and especially on the heart, lungs, etc. Because of the toll that it takes on the body, the typical survival rate after one year on hemo-dialysis is about 85%. After that, it drops exponentially (The 5-year survival rate is about 60%, and so forth).
The only option for a healthier life, free of dialysis and it's side-effects, is a kidney transplant.
I am being partially assisted with the mountain of medical and care-related bills by Medicare, but what medicare doesn't cover is still an enormous financial hurdle. And with the prospect of the actual transplant now looming, the out-of-pocket costs are going to mushroom even further.... As an example, just one of the post-transplant medications that I will have to take, which is NOT covered at all, will cost about $5000 (for a three-month supply).
Since this all started, I've been very blessed (and quite humbled), as many friends and aquaintences have asked what they can do to help me with the financial burdens of this. I didn't want to resort to a fundraiser/benefit, unless and until I knew for sure that I needed it.... Well, now that it's crunch-time, and the numbers are becoming much clearer, I most definitely DO need it.
To see how YOU can contribute, or otherwise help with my fundraiser, and to read, in greater detail, my story, please CLICK HERE
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Are you proud to be a fan of traditional & classic country music? If so, then you (like myself) fall into the category of "old farts and jackasses", according to that "new country" twerp, Blake Shelton. Wave that REAL country music flag, and wear Shelton's words as a badge of honor, with this vintage show print-style poster that says it all! Print is 12"x18", printed on silk cardstock, and suitable for framing! Hang it on you wall, or give it as a gift to your favorite "old fart"! As it says, "Grandpa's Music is Here to Stay"!
$10 each + $3 postage
(Order multiple posters, and the shipping charge is still just $3 total)
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Jerry Clayworth & Antone's Present
"Texas Soulshakin' Ladies"
KATHY MURRAY (CD Release Show)
and THE BLUEBONNETS
at Antone's Nightclub
213 West 5th Street
Wed., December 5th @ 8:00pm
(Click on the poster for more info)
Join us for a full night of Texas Soulshakin' Ladies doin' it up in legendary Antone's style! Austin's longtime roots and rhythm & blues star, Kathy Murray returns to action with a smokin' band, and a brand new (HOT) CD entitled "Relatively Blue"! Following Kathy, you'll be treated to the guitar-heavy grit, glam and groove of Austin's fiery rock & roots queens, The Bluebonnets (Featuring Kathy Valentine, Dominique Davalos, Eve Monsees and Kristy McInnis).
GREETINGS one and all, and welcome to the brand new AtomicJukebox.com! This is the official web site of music promoter, graphic designer, writer & photographer, Jerry Clayworth. I've worked in the music community here in San Antonio & South Texas, in numerous capacities, for the better part of the last 25 years. Born and raised in Texas, I feel very fortunate to be smack-dab in the center of one of the richest musical regions in the country (if not the WORLD)! Since being handed down my first stack of records by a family member, which included Hank Snow's "Keep Moving On" on 78rpm, music has been the road I've traveled. Over these years, I've booked & promoted hundreds of shows, designed countless event posters, print ads, CD/record covers, and snapped at least 25,000 pictures. I'm currently excavating the archives, and will soon put together an illustrated bio/timeline page here on AtomicJukebox.com for those who are interested. More important, however, is what's happening HERE and NOW....
Stand Up For Dublin Dr Pepper / Boycott DPSG.... When the multi-billion dollar corporation, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group decided to file suit against the oldest bottler of their product, Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling in Dublin, Texas, they ignited a firestorm of lifelong Texans and champions of small-town pride, tradition and heritage around the world. Thousand have decided to boycott DPSG products in a show of solidarity with the 120+ year old family-owned (three generations) Dublin Bottling Works. We at Atomic Jukebox believe strongly that DPSG, through their actions, have chosen to pull in a little more revenue at the expense of this tiny bottler who was one of the brand's cornerstones. We hope you'll read more about this, and join the boycott. Working class American heritage is the backbone of this country, and we can't let corporate America stamp it out without a fight.
For more on this and to find out how you can help CLICK HERE
Need a CUSTOM SHOW POSTER or other GRAPHIC DESIGN assistance? If you're a Musician, Band, Music Venue, Concert Promoter, or Record Company, and you would like to add an extra touch of value & class to your Event, Tour, or CD Release, look no further! Nothing catches the eye of a real music fan like a bold, colorful, classic showprint-style poster, and you can have one custom-designed to promote your show /project, that will encompass the best elements of classic old-school window cards & contemporary flare! I offer very affordable pricing and speedy turnaround time. For more info go to NEED A GRAPHIC DESIGNER? page by clicking HERE.
Stop by our ONLINE STORE and check out the selection of CD's, DVD's, original Show Posters, T-Shirts, and other swag for sale! Find plenty of very affordably priced Music Goodies, as well as Posters that were created to promote a variety of roots, honky-tonk, blues, rock-n-roll shows and more (These are suitable for framing, or to have autographed by your favorite artists). Many of these Posters are designed in the classic old-school showprint style, and all are limited editions (Most are print runs of under 100). Items in the Atomic Jukebox store also make great gifts for the music fan, collector, or historian! I'll be adding a whole lot more to the store as time goes by, so be sure to check back regularly! To SHOP the ATOMIC JUKEBOX ONLINE STORE, click HERE!
JUST ADDED TO THE STORE: The SONS OF HERCULES "A Different Kind Of Ugly" CD, The IN & OUTLAWS s/t CD, The GERMS Live in Austin, TX Poster, The LUCKY STARS Live in Boston, MA Poster, RAM JAM 2006, 07, and 08 T-Shirts, and DAVIE ALLAN & The ARROWS Texas Tour T-Shirts!
The ATOMIC JUKEBOX NEWS page is where I'll pass along occasional music news & information. This is also the place where I'll update everyone on my latest plans & projects! To visit the ATOMIC JUKEBOX NEWS page click HERE. LATEST NEWS: Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is (finally) a real doll!
Check the CALENDAR OF EVENTS to see who's playing in your area, and where your favorite musicians & bands are headed during their tour. We'll be adding new artists & shows to this page regularly, so keep checking back! Go to the CALENDAR OF EVENTS by clicking HERE.
The TEXAS MUSIC LEGENDS page is an introduction, or in some cases, a re-introduction to a few of the Lone Star State's finest music treasures. Some you will already know well, and there are others who you may be less familiar with... It's surprising how much Texas music history is hidden in plain sight, right there on the stages of our dancehalls, roadhouses, and juke joints for all to see. At one recent show I promoted, a patron came up to me after watching Burl Ellison play his trademark sweet, soulful guitar licks, and said "This guy is amazing! Has he ever played outside of San Antonio?" The answer is YES, if you consider touring all over the world as a guitarist for Ike & Tina Turner, Etta James, The Stylistics, and counless others playing "outside of San Antonio"... Then there was the colorful character in the cowboy hat & boots who sold rustic collectibles at a local flea market, entertaining customers with stories about the ol' Hill Country. What few knew, was that they were in the presence of famed cowboy/western singer Red River Dave McEnery, who first sang on the radio in Texas in the early 1930's. McEnery also became the very first paid television performer when he sang on a live broadcast from the 1939 New York World's Fair, and would go on to write & record some of the most popular country/folk songs of the 1940's & 50's. This is the kind of history that needs to be known, so I'll add another of their stories from time to time! Stop by the TEXAS MUSIC LEGENDS page by clicking HERE.
The ANNUAL RAM JAM is a once-a-year music fest & celebration that was established to honor a fallen friend, Ramiro "Ram" Ayala, and the live music venue & bar that he owned for 39 years. To so many, this little downtown San Antonio nightspot held far and away more soul, history, music, and family than an outside observer would ever guess. The list of bands, musicians, artists, bikers, celebs, locals, rich, and poor, who passed through the Taco Land doors would boggle the uninitiated mind. And ask a hundred different regulars what Taco Land meant to them, and you'd probably get a hundred different answers. Read more about The Annual RAM JAM by clicking HERE.