Tuesday, May 17, 2016


G U Y     C L A R K
November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016


Luster said...

Dear Bob,

I came to Guy Clark through this song and Jerry Jeff Walker's version of it and the dream of some land that I ain't bought. Another Texas who helped launch me from Texas. I saw him perform once shortly after I moved to Monroe, Louisiana and his performance was a stunner, as much a play as a set of music with a stage set of a chair and a floor lamp and the sense that every aside, every vocal nuance was crafted and precisely performed each evening. He was the glue and bonded Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earl, Rodney Crowell, Nancy Griffith, and the other Texans who ventured out.

stay close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...


Your brother in Vermont probably bought the same year that same Jerry Jeff Walker LP and found that very same Guy Clark song, always sung very well by Walker. It has to have that certain ease and tiredness yet enduring sparkle. Yesterday, Susan and I thought back, kicking ourselves one more time, how we missed Guy Clark WITH Townes Van Zandt, performing just down the road from us (okay 10 miles but wooded all the way) during a particular heavy rain storm that we were sure would be cancelled. Not by two guys coming a very long way from home! It would have almost been too perfect to be true if we had gone.

Years earlier we saw Townes Van Zandt with his three piece band and he played three hours, naturally each song sung with his eyes closed. Susan was eight months pregnant so Carson was there, too.

all's well, Bob