Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2016
November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016
Guy Clark was the true embodiment of a “songwriter’s songwriter.” Born in Texas, Clark’s name is rarely excluded when conversations turn to the greats from that state. Alongside contemporaries like Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker, Clark laid down the foundation for what is now simply called Texas Music or Texas Country. His lyrics, served over mostly sparse blues folk instrumentation, tended to come as close to being called literature as songs could get. As a performer – and most of the time armed with little more than his acoustic guitar or maybe a second and a fiddle, Clark could leave an audience holding its collective breath in anticipation of the next word coming from his mouth – and many times, that was during his talk leading up to the song. He eventually settled in Nashville where he and his wife, Susanna Clark, often welcomed local songwriters into their home where they could work on perfecting their craft in informal workshops. This open houses often hosted the likes of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Young. Clark’s songs have been hits for such country luminaries as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, and Rodney Crowell. For his own recordings, Clark garnered numerous accolades, including a Best Folk Album Grammy for his 2014 release, My Favorite Picture of You. On May 17, 2016, Guy Clark died following a courageous battle against cancer. He was 74.
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Posted in Americana, Country, Folk, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Alan Jackson, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Steve Young, Susanna Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson | Comments Off on RIP, Guy Clark (May 17, 2016) Revered Texas Singer-Songwriter
Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2012
1939 – June 27, 2012
Susanna Clark was a Texas-born songwriter and artist. She was also the longtime wife, muse, and occasional song character of fellow songwriting great, Guy Clark. A one-time art instructor herself, Clark’s paintings have appeared on album covers for the likes of her husband (Old No. 1), Emmylou Harris (Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town), and Willie Nelson (Stardust). As a songwriter, she either wrote or co-wrote songs that were recorded by Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, Jessi Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert. The Clarks married in Nashville in 1972, and opened their home to friends for jams and master songwriting classes of sorts. Regular guests included Townes Van Zandt, Crowell, and Earle. In poor health in recent years, Susanna Clark passed away on June 27, 2012. She was 73.
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