Guy Clark

Guy Clark

Guy Clark (born 6 November 1941) is a songwriter and country musician.

Biography

Clark was born in Monahans, Texas, United States, North America. His early musical influences were the Spanish music and songs he heard in West Texas. He is married to songwriter and artist Susanna Clark.

Clark is also an accomplished luthier and often plays his own guitars.

Clark achieved success as a songwriter with Jerry Jeff Walker’s recordings of "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting For A Train". Artists such as Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell have recorded Clark’s songs. Emmylou Harris has accompanied him on several recordings, particularly his own version of "Desperados Waiting For A Train" on his first album, "Old No. 1", released in 1975.

Clark has been a mentor to such other singers as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell. He organized Earle's first job as a writer in Nashville. In the 1970s, the Clarks' home in Nashville was an open house for songwriters and musicians and it features in the video "Heartworn Highways", an evocation of the songwriter scene in Nashville at that time.

Numerous artists have charted with Clark-penned tunes. In 1982, Bobby Bare made it to the Country Top Twenty with Clark’s "New Cut Road". That same year, bluegrass leader Ricky Skaggs hit No. 1 with Clark’s "Heartbroke", a song that permanently established his reputation as an ingenious songwriter. Among the many others who have covered Clark's songs are Vince Gill, who took "Oklahoma Borderline" to the Top Ten in 1985; the Highwaymen, who introduced "Desperados Waiting For A Train" to a new generation that same year; and John Conlee, whose interpretation of “The Carpenter” rode into the Top Ten in 1987. Steve Wariner sideswiped #l with his Top Five Clark cover "Baby I’m Yours" in 1988, and the same year Asleep at the Wheel charted with his "Blowin’ Like a Bandit". Crowell was Clark’s co-writer on "She’s Crazy for Leavin’", which in 1989 became the third of five straight #l hits for Crowell. Brad Paisley covers Clark’s "Out in the Parkin' Lot" on his "Time Well Wasted" CD. Jimmy Buffett has covered Clark’s "Boats to Build" and "Cinco de Mayo in Memphis".

Clark credits Townes Van Zandt as being a major influence on his songwriting. They were best friends for many years until Van Zandt's death in 1997, and since then Clark has included one of Van Zandt's compositions on most of his albums. In 1995, he recorded a live album with Van Zandt and Steve Earle, "Together at the Bluebird Cafe", which was released in October 2001. Other live material can be found on his album "Keepers".

Clark's latest album, released on 21 November 2006, is "Workbench Songs". The album was nominated for "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album" at the Grammy Awards. He also toured with Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt in 2007.

In May 2008, Clark canceled four concerts after breaking his leg. [ [http://www.guyclark.com/?em2055=164512_-1__0_~0_-1_6_2008_0_0 Official site of Guy Clark featuring lyrics, tickets, bio, pictures, photos, video, songwriter ] ] After two months on crutches, he began to perform again on July 4 at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.

Discography

* "Old No. 1", RCA (1975)
* "Texas Cookin"', RCA (1976)
*"Guy Clark", Warner (1978)
*"The South Coast of Texas", Warner (1981)
*"Better Days", Warner (1983)
*"Guy Clark - Greatest Hits", RCA (1983)
*"Old Friends", Sugar Hill (1988)
*"Boats to Build", Asylum (1992)
*"Dublin Blues", Asylum (1995)
*"Keepers", Sugar Hill (1997)
*"Cold Dog Soup", Sugar Hill (1999)
*"Together at the Bluebird Cafe" (with Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle), American Originals (2001)
*"The Dark", Sugar Hill (2002)
*"Heartworn Highways", HackTone (2006)
*"Workbench Songs", Dualtone (2006)
*"Americana Master Series: Best of the Sugar Hill Years", Sugar Hill (2007)

Filmography

*"Heartworn Highways" Documentary, Snapper/Catfish, 1981/2003, with Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe, and Steve Earle

References

External links

* [http://www.guyclark.com/ Guy Clark]
* [http://www.mysongwriters.com/guy_clark Fan site]
* [http://www.slipcue.com/music/country/countryartists/guyclark.html Slipcue.Com profile]
*Feature story and reviews of Guy Clark at [http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/artist.asp?xid=2152&c=111 Country Standard Time]


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