Thursday, April 18, 2013

Guy Clark's loving tribute to wife Susanna

Fans of Guy Clark will be delighted to hear that his new studio album, My Favorite Picture Of You, is being released by Dualtone Records on July 23 – the follow-up to 2009's Somedays The Song Writes You. According to the label's press release, the songwriter's songwriter co-wrote 10 of the album's 11 poignant songs which are, as always, deeply rooted in personal experience.

"The album’s heartfelt title track (see clip below) 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 of My Favorite Picture Of You declares an entire life. The cover depicts Clark, slightly blurred in the background, holding up an old photo of his beloved from the 1970s. According to Clark, Susanna walked in and found him drunk again with friend, Townes Van Zandt. 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.

"Clark’s vocals on My Favorite Picture Of You exude truth, wisdom and warmth, only touching on the insight he has gained from an extraordinary life. From the delicate sweetness of “Cornmeal Waltz” to the poignant story of the veteran returned a changed man in “Heroes” to the determined “Hell Bent On A Heartache,” Clark delivers a standout album in a stellar four-decade long career."

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