Or at least tangentially about food. And like all good lists this one goes, in alphabetical order, to 11. The Band - "Home Cookin'" from A Musical History. A 1976 outtake, this is Rick Danko near his vulnerable best. Carolyn Mark & the New Best Friends - "Yanksgiving" from The Pros and Cons of Collaboration. Cooking to this song is tons of fun, but also guaranteed to make you wish that you were at Carolyn Mark's party instead. Descendents - "Weinerschnitzel" from Fat [...]
The big Memorial Day weekend is here and we want to know: what are you grillin' this holiday? Here in Texas barbecue is a religion, like football and drivin' fast. Barbecue is sittin' on the patio, a Weber grill smokin' some ribs while you listen to rock and roll and swig a cold beer. Barbecue is more than just tossing some wieners on a fire. It’s smoking a succulent side of beef, making sure those pork ribs are just right, and poking a fork in a chicken thigh to make sure the juices run clear. It’s real cookin’! [...]
Guy Clark Homegrown Tomatoes [ purchase ] Where we live, Mother's Day weekend generally marks the first safe weekend for planting vegetables. Tomatoes are our cash crop. We are a Best Boy family, though we always try to mix in a couple other hybrids. Not being particularly sophisticated farmer, we choose the additional plants based on how closely their names correspond to our own personal aspirations: Valiant. Celebrity. Jet Star. Early Girl. Beefy Boy. Globemaster! We may not get there, but maybe our tomatoes will. Invariably, sometime during our [...]
10 Years, Fair To Midland, Kyng: Sat., June 30. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Acid Mothers Temple, The Phantom Family Halo: Thu., May 10. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Amer... Continue reading "Upcoming: Santigold, Yacht, Local H, Melissa Etheridge, Guy Clark, Etc. " >
Guy Clark, the quintessential Texas singer-songwriter, has just announced a one-off gig at Galveston's historic Old Quarter Acoustic Café for May 15. According to club owner Wrecks Bell, he ha... Continue reading "Guy Clark To Play Galveston's Old Quarter In May" >
Guy Clark waited a long time to get himself on record, despite a proven pedigree as a songwriter penning sometimes joyous, sometimes bittersweet, frequently autobiographical, always poetic narratives of Western life. Jerry Jeff Walker had cut Clark’s “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperadoes Waiting For A Train” for his eponymous 1972 album, whilst Townes Van Zandt included “Don’t Let The Sunshine Fool Ya” on his sublime The Late Great Townes Van Zandt the same year. Meanwhile, Monahans, TX, native Clark had held down a day job as a TV station art director in Houston whilst playing [...]
It's not the newest trend in the webiverse. See, for example, Hangin' Out On E Street , the Bruce Springsteen-solicited covers project we noted way back in February of 2009, or The Stand Ins project , which had Bon Iver, The New Pornographers, David Vandervelde, and other indie names taking on the tracks from Okkervil River album The Stand Ins as it was released in 2008. But the songwriter-specific video covers project concept seems to be peaking, with several major collections in process as we speak. Today, we present our [...]
Apocryphally, If I Needed You came to Townes Van Zandt wholesale, in a dream, wherein he envisioned himself a famous folksinger, and the song as his biggest hit. When he awoke, he wrote the song down, changing but one line in transcription, and the rest, as they say, is history. Of course, Townes did indeed become famous, though partially posthumously, and surely not on the same scale as he envisioned in his nocturnal emissions. But as I've noted several times in these virtual pages, I discovered the work of [...]
This compilation is not accompanied by an instalment in the country history, because the next chapter goes with the next mix. And, in some ways, it makes sense that this mix has no history (of course, the timeframe is covered by past articles in the series) because the late 1970s was a time of hiatus. Many of the stalwarts of just a few years earlier ceased having strings of hits, and those artists who had grown out of the Outlaw movement now had their day. In this mix, the likes of Guy Clark, John Anderson, Larry Jon Wilson [...]
David HannersDavid Hanners sings for the doomed and the thoughtful"It's kind of a joke amongst my songwriter friends that I kill off a lot of characters in my songs," says David Hanners, Pulitz
The so-called fifth Highwayman and living legend Guy Clark brings his 70-year-old self and his outlaw country woes to the Old Rock House February 29, the day the common solar calendar considers ... Continue reading "Guy Clark, Craig Finn Lead This Week's Show Announcements" >
A dozen autumns ago I moved to Minneapolis from South Dakota, and it was then that I learned how all'a ya can't shut up about one thing: The Halloween Blizzard of '91.
This is from the album Workbench Somgs.
Guy Clark's live album Songs and Stories has an easy charm about it, breathtakingly simple and refreshingly rustic. Recorded at Nashville's Belcourt Theater, Songs and Stories is storytelling at its best, nostalgic and poignant without ever becoming maudlin. Tenderly crafted and poetic, Clark's songs are descriptive of an era just beyond the reach of our modern collective consciousness, a time when homegrown tomatoes and freeway driving were enough to set your soul free. Clark starts his set by telling a story in his familiar, down-home drawl. "If I Needed You" follows, understated but firm. Unmistakably Texan in every [...]
Guy Clark’s career has played out a movie, he started out in the hills of Texas with a guitar and some songs, now almost 40 years later he’s still releasing albums while many of the stars that he wrote songs for have gone by the wayside. Obviously, Clark is getting up in age as you would expect someone with a 40 year career would and his aged, wisdom giving demeanor on Stories and Songs fits his music faultlessly. The album flows like a stream and imitates the intimacy that a Guy Clark concert emits. The transcript of the [...]
Living legend Guy Clark's music is as timeless as that of his old sparring partner Townes van Zandt and with a back catalogue overflowing with quality the man has few contemporary peers as a songwriter, LA Freeway that kicks of proceedings on his live album Songs and Stories remains one of favourite tracks of all time, if you can write a track like Boats to Build and leave it out of a live performance it’s got to be proof of a song set of the highest order. On Songs and Stories Clarke plays the [...]