Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Literate country songwriter Guy Clark dead at 74 of cancer

The Tennessean described Clark, a native Texan who died in Nashville this morning as:
...gravel-voiced troubadour who crafted a vast catalog of emotionally charged, intricately detailed works that illuminated and expanded the literary possibilities of popular song.
     The obituary mentioned that his work was recorded by Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Bobby Bare, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson "and legions of others."
     In the "others" category would be Clark's longtime friend, the great Jerry Jeff Walker, whose cover of L.A. Freeway is probably the best known of all Clark's songs. Here is Walker performing it:

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