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There wasn't a Guy Clark thread. So I figured.

Big King Buggle Sprayer (╓abies), Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:21 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't been able to properly digest the new album but it's pleasing me greatly so far.

Big King Buggle Sprayer (╓abies), Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:22 (twelve years ago) link

Great to have a Guy Clark thread. Old No. 1, Dublin Blues and Boats to Build all stay in the rotation here. And speaking of Dublin Blues...

that's not my post, Sunday, 11 October 2009 03:26 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Been drinking my morning coffee to Old No. 1 lately, a great if not perfect record for this. The needle's jumping on Rita Ballou and Texas - 1947 pretty bad which is bummin me out.

Becoming a fan of the new record the more I absorb it:

Good all the way through to my ears so far, Coat is becoming a real favorite of mine.

retrovaporized nebulizer (╓abies), Friday, 8 January 2010 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

This guy grows on me more every year.

Trip Maker, Friday, 8 January 2010 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

just got a sealed copy of old no. 1 for $5.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Friday, 8 January 2010 20:44 (twelve years ago) link

desperados waiting for a train is so gorgeous

jealous ones sb (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 8 January 2010 20:47 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Loving Old No. 1 tonight..

not everything is a campfire (ian), Sunday, 27 February 2011 02:09 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

she ain't goin nowhere she's just leavin iirc.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 19 March 2011 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

^You are correct, sir.

At his best, he's so great. (Most of Old No. 1 and Dublin Blues, about half of Texas Cookin' and Boats to Build Almost all the rest of the time, he's at or near his worst. I think I jumped off the boat (relatively late) with Cold Dog Soup. Is there anything since that's worth hearing?

Funny, when he was a young man he wrote great songs about old men. In middle age he wrote great songs about not aging gracefully. Now he's getting to be probably the age of the characters in "Let Him Roll" and "Desperadoes" (if not quite the gunfighter in "Texas, 1947"), what's he up to?

relentlessly ugly frat hedonist retard anthems I have loved (staggerlee), Saturday, 19 March 2011 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

"Desperados" is really nice

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:45 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

"The Randall Knife" is really nice

yuoowemeone, Friday, 29 July 2011 09:56 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

L.A. Freeway is immense. Beautiful song.

Also, I know a dude who's done merch for Guy and he says if you can catch him live, do it, because he has a lot of health problems that are rapidly catching up with him (alcoholism, dementia, etc.).

Everything You Like Sucks, Saturday, 3 March 2012 00:05 (ten years ago) link

The South Coast of Texas isn't a bad record either, but Old No 1 unsurpassable. I need to hear Texas Cookin and the Self Titled. Sometimes I can't decide if he does his own songs better or if it's the people who covered them, like Townes, Willie or Jerry Jeff.. His Christmas eve performance on Heartworn Highways is classic.

JacobSanders, Saturday, 3 March 2012 00:16 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

"I find comfort in courage and bottles of whiskey" I love this old dog.

Mule, Monday, 21 May 2012 18:18 (ten years ago) link

This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark topped my Nashville Scene ballot; here's comments from that and Rolling Country 2012:
With a sharp, springy, never showy house band, led by a ditto vocalist always ready for non-pushy duet duty, the Guy Clark tribute mostly accentuates raging or talking back to or riding out or getting the hell out of the way of or otherwise dealing with the dying of the light, to the extent anyone can. All in the commons, and the details of each lot. Clark's people got business to 'tend to. And no matter how mellow things may sometimes get, "son of a bitch's always bored me" is never too far away. (Track Seven: Willie Nelson nicely deflates the excess melodrama usually found in covers of "Waiting For Train" (yep, that moneyshot chorus), by taking the whole thing at a brisk, even business-like tempo, which actually makes it more affecting.)

dow, Monday, 21 May 2012 18:28 (ten years ago) link

only stumbling block/speed bump: Rodney Crowell, of all people (lonngg-time compadre of both Clarks)kicks things off rather distantly. Maybe he's thinking of times past? Just sounds distant, or not into it.

dow, Monday, 21 May 2012 18:32 (ten years ago) link

I haven't heard this. Will check it out promptly.

Mule, Monday, 21 May 2012 18:35 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

digging into a bunch of guy records i've had but not listened to more than once or twice -- s/t, south coast of texas, and old friends. lots of great songs on here. some hokey silly stuff too but whatevs, i am down for wherever this guy wants to go.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:04 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...
two years pass...

great interview here -

'He has guilty pleasures, too – he likes television, particularly the Big Bang Theory, but mostly because he was a physics major in college. “Shit, I’ve gotten six or seven songs out of that show,” he says.'

just sayin, Thursday, 6 August 2015 04:04 (seven years ago) link

"The Randall Knife" is really nice

― yuoowemeone, Friday, July 29, 2011 10:56 AM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ this is beautiful

just sayin, Thursday, 6 August 2015 04:16 (seven years ago) link

Always a welcome treat to see this thread bumped.

that's not my post, Thursday, 6 August 2015 06:03 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

been listening to Old No.1 a lot lately, Instant Coffee Blues is brilliant, need more songs like it if anyone has any recommendations (specifically non-Guy Clark songs)

kruezer2, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 01:56 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

this is terrible terrible news, don't know that any other country artist meant more to me, I love merle haggard (RIP) but Guy Clark was my favourite country songwriter.

kruezer2, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 14:07 (six years ago) link

I guess I hadn't realized he'd been so ill for so long.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 14:15 (six years ago) link

damn it! RIP. total master songwriter.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 14:18 (six years ago) link

Oh no. Didn't realize he had been battling cancer. RIP . Loved his easy-going vocal delivery and clever lyrics

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 16:00 (six years ago) link

calstars, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:02 (six years ago) link

sorry wrong clark!!!!

calstars, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:03 (six years ago) link

I was sittin' on the fender of someone else's truck
Drinkin' Old Crow whisky, hot 7UP
Out in the parking lot

You can hear the band are playin' right through the wall
Ain't no cover charge, there ain't no last call
Out in the parking lot

Ludo, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:18 (six years ago) link

My friend Rachel was the photographer for this article and she shared this on fb:

"I have some pretty special memories of sitting in his basement luthier workshop, a portrait of Townes overlooking ("He watches me all day") in wistful clouds of puffed spirit sprinkled smoke - remnants of which were forever tapped into a hand-built clay ashtray on his workbench ("Emmy Lou made me that")."

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:46 (six years ago) link

RIP, Guy. What a gem he was. For fans of the first 2 albums who haven't checked anything else out, Dublin Blues is great from stem to stern.

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 22:58 (six years ago) link

RIP he wrote so many great songs

just sayin, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:47 (six years ago) link

damn, one of the best.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 05:27 (six years ago) link

so many great tunes. so many quotable lines.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 18 May 2016 05:47 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

went to Goodwill yesterday and found three pristine promos of Guy Clark albums -- s/t, The South Coast of Texas, and Better Days. They're all good, Better Days is maybe the best one. Lots of incredible musicianship on this album, Vince Gill is basically Clark's #2 on this album, and it's pretty a remarkable set.

nomar, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 17:45 (five years ago) link

Oh main, get outta here with that---you lucky! Rodney Crowell's recent Close Ties incl. a startled, starting song about Susannah Clark--gotta check some of the songs she wrote for and with others, don't think she recorded more than songwriter demos?---was thinking about her painting of a shirt hanging on the cover shot of Old No. 1, which is now on a CD with Texas Cookin', an album I haven't heard; how is it?
Isbell was on a recent PBS Guy trib, shifting his voice just enough to make the chorus of "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" sound like insistent calls from the past--rather than heavy-handed mellerdrama, as some other singers have done.

dow, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 19:09 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just heard James McMurtry's cover of "Cold Dog Soup" for the first time, really dig it.

Eazy, Wednesday, 25 October 2017 14:49 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

this is nice

del griffith, Thursday, 30 January 2020 03:01 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

love that one ^

she aint going nowhere has its hooks in me at the moment

Spottie, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

We mentioned Heartworn Highways, right? Extry hour on the DVD, worth looking for in color, although black & white works too.

dow, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 23:52 (two weeks ago) link

Also the excellent xpost tribute alb.

dow, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

This one, My Favorite Picture of You, is just heartbreaking

that's not my post, Thursday, 22 September 2022 02:39 (one week ago) link

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