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Guy Clark: Old No. 1

Album Notes

Having retreated from Texas psychedelia to front a guitar repair shop, Guy Clark was saved from a journeyman life when several of his songs were covered by Jerry Jeff Walker. A recording contract ensued, which Clark embraced with this country/folk masterpiece. Mature lyricism and captivating melodies mark an intimate set enhanced by the singer's raspy, lived-in intonation. These largely autobiographical songs are never introverted and address scenarios of love, longing and aging in a compelling, haunting manner. The evocative "Desperados Waiting For A Train" exemplifies the skills of a crafted songsmith who reclaimed the art of the singer-songwriter at a time when it seemed doomed to self-pity.


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