Clark, Tillis, Morgan dish out new discs
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
– Guy Clark, Pam Tillis and Lorri Morgan release new music today.
Clark, a Texas singer/songwriter, is out with "My Own Picture of You," his first disc in four years. The title track was written for Susanna Clark, Guy's wife of 40 years, and a successful songwriter in her own right, who passed away in 2012.
Tillis and Morgan teamed up to form Grits and Glamour, their first release together. Both children of well-known country performers (the late George Morgan and Mel Tillis), Tillis and Morgan sing together on six of the songs with each having four songs on their own. They co-produced the disc as well.
The King of the Texas Troubadours
"The Best Of The Dualtone Years," a collection of Guy Clark's later recordings, finds the late respected singer/songwriter aging particularly well. He sings these songs with that familiar gruff voice of his and keeps arrangements relatively simple. However, never let such apparent simplicity fool you into believing this is also simple music. The way he digs deeply into the one woman's complicated motives during "Rain in Durango" quickly puts that notion to rest. »»»
During her lengthy career Loretta Lynn Morgan has had a lot of hits, though lately she has been in the news more for cutting cake (married six times at press time) than for cutting records. "Letting Go . . . Slow" is her first solo album since 2010's pop-oriented "I Walk Alone" (about which the less said the better), and she seems to be trying to make a country comeback, going mostly with covers on this record.
Speaking of covers, for some reason Morgan has gone with a »»»
My Favorite Picture of You.
Guy Clark has already written a lifetime of songs - Desperadoes Waiting for a Train, L.A. Freeway, Homegrown Tomatoes, A Nickel for the Fiddler - that have been recorded by folks from Rita Coolidge and Ricky Skaggs to Rodney Crowell. On his first studio album in four years, Clark, with his consummate artistry, paints more vivid word pictures on a broad canvas.
Joined by his long-time guitarist Verlon Thompson, as well as Bryn Davies on bass and cello, Shawn Camp on guitar, mandolin and banjo, »»»
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Things I've done that I ain't proud of / I can't even stand the sound of
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