We at Art of the Song and the Standing ‘O’ Project are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of songwriting legend Guy Clark on May 17, 2016. “The patron saint of an entire generation of bohemian pickers, Guy Clark has become an emblem of artistic integrity, quiet dignity and simple truth,” wrote journalist Robert Oermann. Guy was a Grammy Winner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association.
I first met Guy 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 the folk club Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA. Apparently impressed with my work as a luthier, Guy 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.
When Viv and I decided to start Art of the Song, Guy was one of the first songwriters we approached about an interview. This tribute features the 2004 interview re-packaged with several of his classic songs.