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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."

Songs are:

1. Introduction

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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