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Song Writer's Sojourn

Justin Townes Earle: Learning to be a better man

Justin Townes Earle is the best young songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowgirl boots and say that.


I’m paraphrasing a quote by Earle’s famous father, Steve, who first used most of those words to describe the legendary Townes Van Zandt.


A Songwriter’s Sojourn: New book shines light on the genius that was Townes Van Zandt

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.


Unpacking 'Cold Dog Soup': The misery and magic of Guy Clark's poetry


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.


A Songwriter’s Sojourn: ‘This One’s For Him’ - Artists honor Guy Clark on new CD and special tribute show in Austin

Bob Wills may be the king, but Guy Clark was recently anointed the elder statesman of Texas songwriting.


Slaid Cleaves: ‘Makes records ... tries to be good’

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.

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