Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Portrait Illustration: Guy Clark (Musician/Songwriter)

Guy Clark, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     In the Summer of 2009, on the day before he was set to perform at the Newport Folk Festival, I asked my friend John McCauley of Deer Tick which of the other performers he was most interested in seeing play. "Guy Clark" he replied without hesitation. He meant it, too, for I was surprised to see John arrive at Newport quite early the next morning to catch Guy Clark's 10:00 a.m. set (Deer Tick wasn't slotted to play until later in the afternoon). Such is the draw of Guy Clark's music. Of all the performers at the festival, Guy is the one that sticks out in my mind the most. He has a wit, charm, and talent that is incomparable. Whether writing a perfectly structured song or telling a sharp joke, the end result is masterful. He isn't doing so well health-wise these days, but nevertheless, he's soldiering on as always... playing his heart out.

Guy Clark- "L.A. Freeway"
Guy Clark- "The Cape"
Interview with Guy Clark
Guy Clark- "Magdalene"
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt
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