Personalities | Guy Clark | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1941)

The archetypal Texas troubadour, Clark cannot be called prolific, having released about 10 original albums since his 1975 debut, Old No. 1. Born in Monahans, West Texas, Clark worked in television, as a photographer and building boats and guitars. Influenced by bluesman Mance Lipscomb, he worked the Texas folk circuit, meeting Townes Van Zandt, who remained a close friend until his death.

Admired by his contemporaries, backing singers on his albums have included Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Hoyt Axton, Waylon Jennings and Steve Earle. Virtually all his albums have been exemplary, including Texas Cookin’ (1976), Better Days (1982), Dublin Blues (1995) and Cold Dog Soup (1999). His accomplished acoustic guitar work perfectly complements his weathered vocals.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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