Country act the Clark Family Experience has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after finding itself at least $800,000 in debt, the group's lawyer said. The group, composed of six brothers ages 18-27, file

Country act the Clark Family Experience has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after finding itself at least $800,000 in debt, the group's lawyer said. The group, composed of six brothers ages 18-27, filed the petition last week in federal bankruptcy court in Roanoke, Va.

J.D. Larson, the band's Los Angeles-based lawyer, said yesterday (June 3) that the brothers made some improper financial decisions. "They were forced to move from Nashville back to the family farm in Rocky Mount, Va.," Larson said. "They had no money to pay for things such as rent, bus maintenance bills, or even a nutritious meal. They were eating ramen noodles."

The Clark brothers -- Alan, Aaron, Adam, Ashley, Andrew, and Austin -- are from a family of 11 children from Rocky Mount. Their parents are touring ministers.

The group had a hit in 2000 with the Curb Records single "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch," which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 80 on the Hot 100. An album of the same name, co-produced by Tim McGraw and Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore, is due out in August.

An advance cut from the album, "Going Away," is No. 47 on the country tally this week. An audio clip of the track can be sampled on the group's official Web site.

Larson said the Clark Family Experience is not breaking up, and plans to tour through November, but the group probably will have to end its contract with Curb Records because of the bankruptcy filing.

Here are the Clark Family Experience's upcoming tour dates:

June 1: Fredericksburg, Va. (Dodd Auditorium)
June 7: Winsted, Minn. (Winstock Country Music Festival)
June 22: Andrews, N.C. (Cherokee Jamboree)
June 29: Richland Center, Wis. (Star Spangled Celebration)
July 2: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
July 4: Roanoke, Va. (Victory Stadium)
July 7: Tucson, Ariz. (Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater)
July 11: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
July 24: Shippensburg (Shippensburg Community Fair)
Aug. 9: Potosi, Mo. (Washington County Fair)
Aug. 14: Hiawassee, Ga. (Georgia Mountain Fair)
Aug. 24: Windsor, Conn. (Fishtail Rhythm & Roots Festival)
Aug. 25: Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Dutchess County Fair)
Aug. 31: Lakeview, Ore. (Lake County Fair)
Sept. 7: Bernalillo, N.M. (Santa Ana Star Casino)


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