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

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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.

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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.

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Mac McAnally: 4-time CMA Musician of the Year - ‘I’m the last guy you’re going to get to complain.’

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One of the highlights of Mac McAnally’s July 2010 appearance at Norton Auditorium in Muscle Shoals, Ala., came at the meet and greet after the show.

 

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Laurie R. King: Contemplating Sherlock Holmes, woodworking and the magic of writing

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When she began her career, best-selling author Laurie R. King was 35 years old, a full-time wife and mom with two small kids. She settled on Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, as a major player in her books because she shared something with him – they were both good at solving problems.

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Words and Music: It’s a great season for giving

If some of the people on your Christmas list love to read and listen to good music, here are a few suggestions to make their holidays just a little bit brighter.
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