Since 1980, an apt description of Clarke’s recording history would include the word diversity. Clarke has worked with such artists as Paul McCartney, Joey DeFrancesco, Glen Campbell, Ike Turner, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hal Blaine, David Grisman, Jimmy Smith, The Phoenix Boys Choir, The Four Tops, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Edwards, James Moody, Rex Allen, Waylon Jennings, Frank Gambale, Alice Cooper, James Galway, Boston Brass, Brownie McGee, Tower of Power, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Joe Alessi, Phil Smith (New York Philharmonic), Mark O’Connor, Peter Erskine, El Chicano, Honey Boy Edwards, UNM Wind Ensemble, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Eric Burdon, Snuff Garrett, Lee Hazlewood, R. L. Burnside, Little Milton, Bo Diddley, Harvey Mason, Warren Jones, The Ahn Trio, The Arizona State University Marching Band, Bill Conte, River City Brass.With old pals Tim & Willy (KMLE Radio..) he’s done projects with a “who’s who” list of country music stars including Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Wariner, Trisha Yearwood, Sugarland, Billy Dean, Wynonna Judd, Dierks Bentley, Blake Sheldon, Colin Raye, Clint Black, Phil Vasser, Little Big Town, Travis Tritt, Trick Pony, Lee Ann Womack, Terri Clark, along comedians Frank Caliendo and Tim Hawkins, among many others.
Clarke has done live broadcasts for both XM and Sirius that featured Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr., Little Steven, Don Was, Tony Joe White and Kim Wilson, Ray Herndon and Jesse Colter.
Clarke and writing partner Kevin Stoller won an Emmy for their work on the PBS special, “Wildflowers.” In addition Clarke has been involved with projects for HBO, CBS and NBC and also received a BMI award for his work on Burt Reynolds’ series Evening Shade. He also produced and recorded “Studio Z”, a long running live music show for KZON radio. Several Rigsby recordings have been nominated for Grammy, and W. C. Handy (now, the BMA) awards.
Although proud of these projects, Clarke is more likely to cite his friendship and admiration for those committed to music and musicians who have passed through Tempest’s microphones as the more meaningful.These include Todd Chuba, Mike Florio, Joey DeFrancesco, Steve Gadd, Sam Pilafian, Pete Jolly, Jim Hudson, Joe Alessi, Joe Chambers, Phil Strange, Emilio Castillo, Armand Boatman, Lucus Pino, Fred Forney, Chuck Marohnic, Mike Kocour, Dom Moio, David Garibaldi, Tom Booth, Barb Catlin, Joe Corral, Jerry Riopelle, Eric Rombach-Kendall, Jerry Donato, Kim Scharnberg, Bob Freedman, Dwight Killian, Dan Tomlinson, John Dixon, Mario Mendivil, Lewis Nash, James Moody, Bob Spring, Joe Diorio, Tim Russell, Ronnie Cuber, Frank Vignola, Billy Abdo, Gordy Deems, George Coleman, Joe LaBarbera, Lee Oskar, Gary Hill, Catalin Rotaru, Paul Bollenback, Joe Wytko, Caio Pagano, Tim McAllister, J. B. Smith, Troy Luccketta, Peter Magadini, Mike King, Lewis Story, Big Pete Pearson, Pat Sheridan, Al Casey, Ron Blake, Byron Landham, Mike Smith, Bob Margolin, Willie “Big Eye” Smith, Ray Herndon, Bill Moio, Bob Ravenscroft, Alice Tatum, Khani Cole, Papa John DeFrancesco, Kenny Skaggs, Kim Wilson, Henry Gray, Duke Robillard, Bob Corritore, Louisiana Red, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Paul Oscher, Dmitri Matheny, Steve Ferrone, David Hickman, Dave Grale, Tom Williams, John Ericson, Sam Lay, Chris James, Paul Anderson, Buddy Montgomery, Brice Winston, Patrick Rynn, the Banda Bros, and on and on…
Clarke is a firm believer in putting the music first, all else is secondary. When the red light goes on you’ll be fortunate to have Clarke Rigsby on the other side of the glass!