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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.

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My Favorite Picture of You. CD review - 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, »»»
This One's For Him A Tribute to Guy Clark CD review - This One's For Him A Tribute to Guy Clark
A notable gathering of alt. country dignitaries celebrate Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark's recent 70th birthday with this 2-disc collection. Willie Nelson takes a turn on one of Clark's best known tunes with the often covered Desperados Waiting For A Train, which Nelson himself recorded with The Highwaymen. Fellow Highwayman Kris Kristofferson contributes Hemingways' Whiskey, which serves as the title track with the lines "Sail away, sail away, as the day grows dim/ Live »»»
Songs And Stories CD review - Songs And Stories
Guy Clark is a Texas legend, associated with other well-known artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell. He is also a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Songs and Stories" was recorded live at The Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. Clark was supported by close friends Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Bryn Davies, and Kenny Malone. This intimate scene created a fireside concert filled with great acoustic music and several laughs. Opening with his classic L.A. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name – Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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