How much is Cledus T. Judd worth?
|Net Worth:||$750 Thousand|
|Date of Birth:||December 18, 1964|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Cledus T. Judd
Judd says he was born to entertain and making people laugh is his job. And what a job he does. Cledus instantly became a hit with all of his comedic parodies of well-known country songs. He’s had nineteen videos played on CMT along with having many country artists lend their time to his videos and albums.
Bipolar and Proud
His first single/video from this album is a parody of Toby Keith‘s “I Love this Bar” called “I Love NASCAR.” But I think the best on this album is “Hell No” the parody of Montgomery Gentry’s “Hell Yeah.” In the beginning it talks about how the radio stations play the same stuff day in and day out. It also asks if he’s tired of playing parodies? You guess the answer to that one. When I first listened to “Bake Me A Country Ham” I was impressed with his voice, it’s pretty good. But I really laughed when I heard “Martie, Emily & Natalie” a parody of Brad Paisley‘s “Celebrity.” He really hit the nail on the head with that one in my book. Good One Cledus!!!
Cledus won Independent Video of the Year honors in 1996 and 1998 for “If Shania Were Mine” and “Every Light In the House is Blown.” Judd also received Country Weekly’s 1997 nominations for Favorite Male Newcomer, Favorite Video Entertainer and Funniest Country Performer. He has that ability to do all those things and more. If you like this funny man, don’t miss adding this album to your comedy collection.
Every fall there are a number of country music artists who record Christmas albums. What’s been missing from the country scene is a humor filled country album to keep everything from being so serious.
Enter In Cledus T. Judd. Cledus has gone from country music parody artist to someone who’s still mainly a parody artist yet likes to write his own humorous tunes. After two recent albums on Monument Records, Cledus recorded Cledus Navidad as a way to inject some humor for country radio to play.
The ten tracks include a few “originals” a couple parodies and even adventurous remakes.
The opening track is the new “Cledus Country Ball.” With this song Cledus is singing/talking about inviting all of Nashville to his “Christmas ball.” There’s plenty of name drops like “Montgomery Gentry spiked the punch.” And “Willie Nelson‘s homemade brownies brought us all a cheer,” to “Garth retired again. Don’t worry he’ll be back next year.”
“Hazel’s Homemade Hallelujah Punch” is a hilarious two stepper about a “special punch” made for the church by Hazel. While it’s not supposed to be alcoholic, the punch is stored for months and ferments thus creating an “alcoholic” punch. This is a song that is “classic” Cledus T. Judd.
“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” is a remake of the Elmo and Patsy comical Christmas hit. Here Cledus makes the choruses sound like a “heavy metal” rock song while the versus are full of down home country fiddle and bass.
“Don’t Serve Beans” is a cute song sung like Cledus is singing in front of a “holy roller” group with his “Out of Sync” band. They start singing “Star of Wonder” only to change it to “Don’t Serve Beans.” The song is sung a capella style and is made to sound like a hymn.
“Santa Claus Is Watching You” is a remake of the Ray Stevens holiday classic. It’s as humorous as Ray’s original is but with a different sound to it. The song is about Santa being the “secret head of the CIA” and thus “he’s everywhere.”
The final track is the goofy parody of “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” performed as a pseudo rap song called “All I Want For Christmas Is Two Gold Front Teef.” Cledus is says he’d “Be a G with two front teeth.” While most people country fans wont understand the name drops Cledus talks about here, this track is still worth listening to.
From what I’ve heard, country music fans either really like or really really hate Cledus T. Judd and his parodies. Fortunately, I fall in the former category. I find Cledus to be, for the most part, enormously funny. His sixth album, titled Cledus Envy, is no disappointment.
Four of the twelve tracks on the CD are originals, and they are just as entertaining as the parodies. “Let’s Burn One” is a comical song about a man and his obsession with downloading and burning his own CDs. My favorite original is the song “If George Strait Starts Dancin’.” It’s about the country award shows, and how most of the live performers have a huge choreographed number, but he prefers for his country singers to “just hold real still and sing.” “Leave You Laughing” is perhaps the least humorous song here. That doesn’t make it bad by any means. It’s actually a sweet song where Cledus says he hopes he touched us somehow with his humor, and he hopes he is “remembered by the smiles” on our faces.
“1/2” is a parody of Chad Brock’s hit “Yes.” He finds the woman of his dreams and marries her. Six months later she gets half. The Soggy Bottom Boys’ hit “Man of Constant Sorrow” becomes “Man of Constant Borrow.” The title tells you exactly what the song is about.
Not all Cledus’ parodies are lighthearted (or, rather, are supposed to be). He turned Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America” into “Don’t Mess With America,” a patriotic taunt that would do Charlie Daniels proud.
Just Another Day In Parodies
Cledus T. Judd is one of the best, in my opinion, at musical parody, and this album is no exception. This is Cledus’ first release since coming over to Sony from the small label “Razor and Tie,” and he’s chosen songs by fellow label-mates, the Dixie Chicks and even mentions Billy Ray Cyrus and Billy Gilman in another original song.
It’s a difficult task to pick a favorite here. They’re all so darn funny. But the original, “The Record Deal” has to be the funniest of the bunch. It starts out, “In 1993, an overweight, non-singing, bleached blond young man moved to Nashville in search of a record deal. Here is his story…”
He goes on to sing “I’m never gonna get me a record deal. I got Janet Reno’s sex appeal, and my bootie just won’t shake like Billy Ray Cyrus.”
Other songs he parodies are “Goodbye Earl” – with “Goodbye Squirrel,” and “Sin Wagon” – with “Wife Naggin’,” from the Dixie Chicks.
Cledus gets some help from a good spirited Brad Paisley on “More Beaver,” which parodies Brad’s “Me Neither.” In this song, Cledus sings about needing “more Beaver…” as in the TV show, “Leave it to Beaver.”
The first single released was “My Cellmate Thinks I’m Sexy” which parodies Kenny Chesney‘s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” as well as takes a poke at the horse incident Kenny had last Summer. The second single is “How Do You Milk A Cow” which parodies Toby Keith’s “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
The only song I didn’t like as well as the others was “Plowboy,” which is a parody of a rap song. If I followed rap music, I’m sure I’d enjoy it more.