Guy Clark – Songs And Stories

January 01, 1970



Suffice it to say Guy Clark is one of the most revered
writers in Nashville,
a musician whose weathered tales and down home demeanor personify the essence of
today’s singer/songwriter standard bearers. Yet, while many of his songs have
become ingrained in the fabric of authentic Americana, Clark himself seems to have been
denied the notoriety accorded others of his ilk, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris
and John Prine included.


Hopefully then, Songs
and Stories
will alleviate that disparity, given its unplugged format and
the spotlight that’s shined on shared anecdotes and some superb songwriting.
With his grainy, husky vocals at the fore, these lofty ballads find Clark ruminating on everyday observations and intuitive introspection,
etched, as always, from a knowing perspective. Once again, Clark’s
palette spans the wry to the bittersweet, from the carefree strut of “Homegrown
Tomatoes” to the longing laments that accompany his classic “L.A. Freeway,”
“Dublin Blues,” “The Randall Knife” and pal Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed
You.” The absence of “Desperados Waiting for a Train” notwithstanding, the
inclusion of songs that span Clark’s catalog,
as well as a couple penned by longtime accompanist Verlon Thompson, affirm the
craft and care that’s been invested in this material. With a talented quartet
of musicians in tow – Thompson, Shawn Camp, Bryn Davies and Kenny Malone – the
acoustic setting provides newcomers with an ideal introduction and gives
longtime fans further reason for ongoing appreciation.


DOWNLOAD: L.A. Freeway,” “If I Needed You,” “Dublin Blues” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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