I first met Guy Clark in the early 1990s when I was making my living as a guitar maker. I went to show my wares when he was touring with Townes Van Zandt at Godfrey Daniels Folk Club in Bethlehem, PA. Apparently impressed with my work as a luthier, he invited me to visit his shop next time I was in Nashville. We visited several times over the next few years talking shop and sharing tricks of the trade. He was gracious, welcoming, and I’m proud to have been able to call him a friend.
When Viv and I decided to start Art of the Song 12 years ago, Guy was one of the first songwriters we approached about an interview. We traveled to Nashville and were all set up to do several interviews in our hotel room at Shoney’s. About 15 minutes before the scheduled time, Guy called and said, “I just wanted to be sure you knew how to get to my house.” To which Viv said, “We’re all set up with the recording equipment here in our hotel room… can you come over here?” Guy then said, “I’m not sure that would be a good idea, I just smoked a fatty.” We told him no worries, we’d be over in a few minutes. We quickly tore down the microphones and recording equipment and dashed over to his house, albeit a few minutes late. He invited us into the guitar shop in the basement of his home where we had a relaxed and inspiring conversation.
Listen to that interview here: https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/guyclark/ (If not already a member, you may sign up for the free trial to listen)
Rest in peace, Guy Clark.
This photo was taken at Swallow Hill Music Hall in Denver by our friend, Reggie Barrett.