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When journalist Brian T. Atkinson was sent to Galveston in 2003 to cover the sixth annual Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997) wake for No Depression, he never imagined his first magazine assignment would result in his first book.
There’s no better look at the life of a starving artist than the lyrics of Guy Clark’s 1999 song “Cold Dog Soup,” reinterpreted by James McMurtry on “This One’s For Him,” a 2-CD tribute to Clark released on Dec. 6 by Icehouse Records. The lyrics are spoken during the verses, with a haunting melody sung during the chorus.
Musician Slaid Cleaves doesn’t want anything standing between him and his fans. The Maine-born singer/songwriter prefers the one-on-one contact of small, intimate venues rather than the carnival atmosphere of a large arena.