GUY CLARK is Outlaw’s Artist of the Month for October.
It’s hard to imagine that someone with the immense talent of Guy Clark is not a household name. However, you can bet your ass that anyone who calls themselves a songwriter knows the name Guy Clark. A masterful storyteller, Clark combines philosophy, poetry, the blues and country grit and wit into his own unique expression of music craftsmanship.
Clark was born in Monahans, Texas and began courting the muse on a $12 Mexican guitar at the age of sixteen. He moved through Houston to Austin and San Francisco to Nashville, honing his skills and singing his way through the scenes. His first publishing deal was with RCA and he made his recording debut on the RCA label in 1975.
When other artists got wind of what he was selling, they lined up to buy. Like Jerry Jeff Walker who had a radio hit with “L.A. Freeway.” And Johnny Cash, who latched on to “Texas, 1947” as well as “The Last Gunfighter Ballad” & “Let Him Roll” and later with The Highwaymen, “Desperados Waiting For A Train.” Folks like Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, John Conlee, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Wariner, Rodney Crowell, Brad Paisley and many others hit the charts with Guy Clark songs.
Throughout the years, Clark has turned out over twenty albums and he’s rightfully in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. He’s a Folk Hero and the Holy Grail of Songwriting Talent.
The 2012 Icehouse Music album, This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark, recently won Album of The Year at this year’s Americana Honors & Awards conducted at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The album (produced by Tamara Saviano & Shawn Camp) features 33 tracks by artists who all share a reverence for the man and his music. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash and Lyle Lovett are just a few names on that list.
You hear the sentiment often enough, but the truth remains:
Guy Clark is an American Treasure.
Photo by Senor McGuire
Outlaw Magazine. Country, Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk, Americana, Punk. As long as it is real, it is OUTLAW. Overproduced mediocrity need not apply.