This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark

As a songwriter, Guy Clark contains multitudes and paradoxes that demand close attention. He’s a hard drinker and a deep thinker; he sketches songs with more attention to what he leaves out than what he puts in. Clark gets serious respect from country luminaries such as Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson. But he’s never received a thorough tribute that lives up to his mastery or honors the way he does things: live, spontaneous, without studio trickery to supplant the energy that players create in the moment.

Now comes this double disc, which gathers 30 tracks by 33 Americana artists—friends, colleagues and admirers of Clark—and celebrates his 70th birthday. Lead producer Tamara Saviano knows the terrain well: she’s not only writing Clark’s biography, she also produced Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, which captured a 2004 Grammy in the traditional-folk category.

 

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