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'My Favorite Picture Of You', the first studio album in four years from legendary songwriter Guy Clark. As one of the most revered songwriters of his generation, Clark embodies the term "songwriter's songwriter." The simplicity of the recording shines brightly while capturing Clark's beautifully understated and road worn vocals. Clark co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks on 'My Favorite Picture Of You' and dug very deep for each performance on this truly inspired collection. The album's heartfelt 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. If a picture says a thousand words, then the cover photo declares an entire life. The cover depicts Clark, slightly blurred in the background, holding up an old photo of his beloved from the 1970's. According to Clark, Susanna walked in and found he and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt drunk, again. She stormed out of the house, which is when the Polaroid was taken. The song is a loving tribute that melts your heart while making you smile. As a master songwriter, Guy Clark has always made us smile by infusing his wry wit into thoughtful storytelling.
ages like a fine red burgundy - No Depression
when it comes to exploring humanity s quirks, the old renegade has few equals - Acoustic
oozes class..another almost epic collection... - fRoots
Guy keeps it straightforward for his latest set allowing his gifts as a songsmith to shine - Guitar and Bass
wise and bittersweet -its one to savour - Guitarist
this is one mighty fine song collection - Maverick *****
Clark is over 70 these days but he s never over the hill - Mojo ****
"Deeply personal return for the seasoned Texan..the quality of his songwriting remains resolutely firm"--Uncut (Americana Album of the Month)
"..his weathered vocals are framed by lovely waltzes and understated folk arrangements to prove that this particular veteran has still got it" -- The Sun * * * *
"Proof that young rebels turn into elder staetesman" -- Neil Spencer, The Observer
"...his Writing is as distinctive as ever"--Robin Denselow The Guardian ****
"Clark isn't as widely know as he deserves, but even his friend Townes Van Zandt, bowed to the now 71 year old's talents. Possibly his most personal album, the intimcy of the title track, a remembrance of his late wife, counterponts the poignant resignation of 'The High Cost Of Inspiration' and 'I'll Show Me'. A great man still making great music" --Q Magazine ****
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"My favourite picture of you
Is the one where
Your wings are showing
Oh, and your arms are crossed
Your fists are clenched
Not gone but going".
Susanne never left him but she died last year aged 73. Guy writes of that time in their life with a tenderness of lyric and a sweet melody underpinned by a haunting cello and a gentle harmony by Morgane Stapleton.
Guy Clark is one of Nashville's most celebrated songwriters, a master craftsman, whose simple songs belie a subtlety of lyric and melody. With the exception of Lyle Lovett's lilting "Waltzing Fool", all of the songs were either written or co-written by Clark. And what songs they are, dealing with the deaths of illegal immigrants ("El Coyote"), the suicide of American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, ("Heroes"), murder ("The Death Of Sis Draper") and songs of love lost, love found, redemption and heartbreak.
These are beautiful songs and the sparse acoustic sound of guitar, mandolin, banjo, cello and violin ghost the melodies to perfection. The sweet voice of Morgane Hayes in harmony with the cigarette stained and whiskey drenched pipes of Clark give these songs a tough but elegant sound to rival his very best work.
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