Sugar Hill Records
P.O. Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 12/98
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Providing a panorama that immerses the listener in Texas life and lore, Guy Clark's latest release is an easy-to-digest performance with a smoothness that fits like a comfortable pair of jeans.
Recorded live at Nashville's Douglas Corner Cafe, Clark offers an assured presentation of his sometimes gritty, sometimes homey music, with a good mixture of differing rhythms.
Opening with "L.A. Freeway" and closing with "Desperados Waiting For A Train," Clark reminisces on events from his youth, culinary expertise, a gunfighter's sad demise and loves lost but never forgotten, among other subjects.
"L.A. Freeway," probably best known for Jerry Jeff Walker's rendition, is a quirky (what else could you call it when he mentions vanilla wafers and includes the line "Oh, Susanna don't you cry..."?) take on escaping the concrete canyons of Los Angeles and going elsewhere to live a more down-to-earth life. Anyone hearing this song's chorus will immediately be hooked into repeating it over and over:
As a tribute to the most important man in his childhood, Clark lionizes the wildcatter who was his mother's boyfriend in the classic "Desperados Waiting For A Train." His moment of hesitation before continuing into the song's chorus provides greater impact to the overall potency of the tune.
These are the offerings of a reflective craftsman at work. His Texas twang and song styles fit more into the Americana genre than either folk or country but his musical art will appeal to anyone appreciative of picturesque images, vivid characters and solid musicianship.
Clark is backed by his son, Travis, on bass and harmony vocals, Verlon Thompson on guitar and harmony vocals, Suzi Ragsdale on accordian and harmony vocals, Kenny Malone on drums and percussion, and Darrell Scott on guitar, mandolin, dobro, Weissenborn, upright dulcimer and harmony vocals.
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