Justin's Ramblings         Natalie Rae Riggs         Aaron Bentley

May
17

SOMETIMES THE SONG WRITES YOU

posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in MUSIC NEWS

    Long before anyone ever thought up the term Texas Country, there was Guy Clark.  With an unprecedented career that spanned over four decades, there will never be a songwriter that can compare to Guy.

    "He was the king of Texas songwriters, and a huge influence on anybody out there trying to do it the right way.  We'll miss Guy Clark." - Jason Isbell

 

    Guy Clark was a Grammy winner, a poet, a musician, a storyteller, a word-smith, a troubadour, and he wrote as he lived, truthful and unafraid.  With over two dozen albums to his name, and a music catalog that can never be measured, we are all now left with a void that can never be filled. 

    "Guy Clark was my dad's favorite songwriter of all time, so I came into this world already a fan.  We had the privilege of sharing the bill with him at the Northern Rockies Folk Festival in Hailey, Idaho way back when we were still playing with dad in his band.  Years later Guy came to our little festival in Stanley, The Braun Brothers Reunion.  I remember watching all the local pickers and musicians backstage just awestruck by his talent.  Guy Clark was a songwriters songwriter.  Every time one of his great lines rolled off his tongue all the songwriters would glance around at each other and chuckle... That's how you know when you're the best at what you do, when you're so good, it's actually funny.  Great songwriters and great musicians sit there in amazement and the only natural response is to laugh, because it doesn't seem possible that someone could be so good, and you know for damn sure you're never going to get even close to his level.  I think if I had to narrow it down to one song, I'd say LA Freeway is my favorite Guy Clark song.   We used to play that one and many others with Dad and I always looked forward to it.  So many great, honest lines and you can just picture the whole song unfolding like Guy was painting a picture.  That's one thing, to me, is the single hardest thing to do as a songwriter; painting a picture that's as real as if you were watching a movie.  Guy Clark was a master at doing that, and I always strive to do it in my own songwriting, but usually, I just chuckle and come to terms with the fact that I'm never gonna be on that level." -Willy Braun

 

    "Well, our tough year continues.  This might be the toughest for me.  Guy taught me almost everything I ever wished I knew just by being a fan.  I've never personally known a more prolific poet or anyone that could paint a better picture with words than Guy Clark.  You were a gentlemen to work with and the most star struck I've ever been to this day.  Most importantly, you were great till your last breath and not many can say that.  I will miss you more than words can say but thank you for the inspiration,  the challenge to be better, and music that will live on as long as people are breathing and believing in this beautiful world!  Miss ya Guy already.' -Wade Bowen

 

"There aren't any rules, as far as anything-and that applies especially to writing songs, whatever gets the point across. So you're just kinda brought up to feel, in any field, if you say you can do it, do it.  There it is." -Guy Clark was 74.

 

 

 

    For more on Guy Clark and his legacy: CLICK HERE

 

Adiós,

Aaron Lee Bentley

aaron@txrdr.com

twitter: @aaronleebentley