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Editors’ Notes

For his tenth solo album this expert Texas songwriter who’s been covered by the best (Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Jerry Jeff Walker) put his energy into co-writing with friends and associates. His partners freed up the psychic energy necessary for this methodical artist to unlock his creative muse and the result is an idiosyncratic yet universal collection of modern folk tunes that belong less to an era than an old-fashioned state of mind. Whether Clark’s waxing nostalgic over Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry for “Walkin’ Man” or persuading a woman to board a Greyhound and move with him to Mexico (“Magdalene”), the songs carry with them a stately elegance, reflected in Jaime Hartford’s electric guitar lines, and the soft, purring harmonies that cement the romantic notions. “Out in the Parkin’ Lot” is that perfect snapshot of streetlife people looking for community amongst their drab, makeshift surroundings. Clark tributes his old friend and fallen troubadour Townes Van Zandt with “No Lonesome Tune” and flashes his sense of humor in the "please ignore me" sentiment of “Expose’,” where he offers: “Now when you write your expose’, I wish you’d leave me out.” A master storyteller never wants to relinquish control, after all.

Customer Reviews

The Master is Back

Guy Clark is a gifted poet who never fails to deliver that Texas groove. Brad Paisley covered Guy's Out in the Parking lot on one of his last albums...take a listen and hear how that song is supposed to sound. The coolest new song on this album has to be Cinco de Mayo in Memphis. Overall another must have for Guy Clark fans and a decent starter for those new to Guys music. Try his live "Keepers" album if you like this. Phil B.

Workbench Songs

Classic Clark all the way. Guy shows his colors in today's state of affairs and truly is an analog "Guy" in a digital world. I just love hearing him say the word mandolin. Once again, Mr. Clark has somehow managed to pack 150 years of experience into his lifetime and then bestow all of that experience back upon us through his thoughtfully crafted prose. From the spark of "Cinco de Mayo in Memphis" to the everyday man of "Out in the Parkin' Lot" to the dreadful pain of a broken "Funny Bone", Guy again proves his talent for writing songs that mean something.

Authentic Country

This album is the real deal if you like authentic country. The duet with Verlon Thompson is an ace.


Born: November 6, 1941 in Monahans, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guy Clark doesn't just write songs, he crafts them with the kind of hands-on care and respect that a master carpenter (a favorite image of his) would have when faced with a stack of rare hardwood. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail -- his output has been sparse since he first signed to RCA in the early '70s -- but he has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. His albums have never met much commercial success, but the emotional level...
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