It's a great time to be a Guy Clark fan as he's just finished a very successful mini-tour of Texas and today comes the news he's working on a biography and has two CDs coming out ... The hard part is going to be waiting for the August release of "Songs and Stories" and the November release of "This One's For Him," set to coincide with Clark's 70th birthday. No release date on the biography, but it's a safe bet to say it will be reviewed in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram.
Clark, who was born in Monahans and raised in Rockport, is the dean of Texas songwriters, having written hits like "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting For a Train" that were covered by Jerry Jeff Walker, "Out in the Parking Lot," covered by Brad Paisley and "Hemingway's Whiskey," which was covered by Kenny Chesney. Asleep at the Wheel covered his classic "The Cape" on their 2007 CD, "Reinventing the Wheel." Jimmy Buffett has recorded Clark's "Boats to Build" and "Cinco de Mayo in Memphis"
"Songs and Stories" was recorded at the Belcourt Hotel in Nashville and includes old favorites like "Homegrown Tomatoes," "The Randall Knife," and "Magnolia Wind," along with new tunes "Maybe I Can Paint Over That" and "Joe Walker's Mare," by long-time touring partner and talented guitarist Verlon Thompson. Between songs, Clark tells stories about his career, including some adventures with his friends Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell.
The tribute CD includes a who's who of the music industry with performances by Clark's friends Crowell, Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Roseann Cash, Willie Nelson, Rosie Flores, Ray Wylie Hubbard, J.T. Van Zandt, II, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, Joe Ely, Emmylou Harris and John Prine, Steve Earle, Terri Hendrix, Kris Kristofferson, Darrell Scott, Jack Ingram, Vince Gill, Robert Earl Keen and Jerry Jeff Walker.
Yes, indeed. Guy Clark fans know how good he is. Now, with the release of these two CDs, maybe members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will take notice at Grammy time.
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