Tribute to Jack Boswell to play on Shotgun Red show

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Known for his cross-handed piano playing, Jack Boswell played country and gospel across Indiana for parts of six decades.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Putnam County country gospel icon passed away just before he had the chance to take his talents to Nashville, but his music will still find its way onto the small screen.

Jack Boswell and his Country Gospel Band was scheduled to go to Nashville on Jan. 9 for a taping of the Shotgun Red Variety Show. Unfortunately, the Reelsville resident unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 30 at age 76.

That could have been the end of the story for Boswell's music if not for the efforts of Steve Hall, the show's producer.

Hall has paid tribute to Jack and his music ministry on a show to be aired on RFD-TV at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26.

The show will air two more times, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

The band was initially chosen as one of 78 acts among 2,500 applicants.

Boswell was largely recognized for his cross-handed piano playing. He played throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s in many of the Indianapolis area's finest nightclubs with his band The Country Starliters.

During this time, he had the opportunity to play with 18 artists who have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After retiring in 1983, Boswell devoted his musical talents to the creation of a faith-based music ministry and went on to perform in hundreds of churches throughout Indiana.

Band members at the time of Boswell's death included his son Mark on drums, vocalist Pat Pittman Jarvis, lead guitarist Sebern Campbell and bass guitarist Jim Allison.

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  • We miss you so very much Uncle Jack. I myself will be sure to DVR this tribute so that I can not only watch it myself multiple times, but share with others. RIP Uncle Jack! I know there is a revival of heart felt music playing in heaven.

    -- Posted by lskelton2 on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 1:16 PM
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