Guy Clark goes live
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
– Guy Clark goes live with "Songs And Stories" out Aug. 16 on Dualtone Music Group.
Songs include The Randall Knife, The Cape, Homegrown Tomatoes and Stuff That Works.
The album was recorded at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville with Clark surrounded by his musical family - his longtime sidekick and co-writer Verlon Thompson, along with Shawn Camp, Bryn Davies and Kenny Malone.
Before beginning If I Needed You, written by his longtime friend Townes Van Zandt, Clark shared the story about the surprising ease Van Zandt had writing the song when living with Clark and his wife in Texas in 1972.
"Townes came in for coffee one morning, picked up his guitar and laid this piece of paper on his leg and sang this song...and I said 'where did that come from?' and he said 'I wrote it last night in my sleep, I just rolled over and wrote it down and turned over and went back to sleep.'" Clark laughs, adding, "Suspicion confirmed."
2. L.A. Freeway
3. Story: Sometimes They Come Easy
4. Maybe I Can Paint Over That
5. Story: Townes' Road Keets
6. If I Needed You
7. The Cape
8. Homegrown Tomatoes
9. Shawn and Verlon
10. Story: The Legend Of Sis Draper
11. Sis Draper
12. Magnolia Wind
13. Story: I'm From Greasy Bend
14. Darwettia's Mandolin
15. Story: Hang In There
16. Joe Walker's Mare
17. A nod to Rodney Crowell
18. Stuff That Works
19. Out In The Parkin' Lot
20. Intro: The Randall Knife
21. The Randall Knife
22. Curtain call for the cast
23. Dublin Blues
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