Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt & Steve Earle songs.
Featuring local musicians, this will be a two hour celebration of three of the finest singer songwriters in the folk/country tradition.
GUY CLARK: Guy Clark (1941 - 2016) The Grammy Award winning Texas Country and folk singer sadly passed in May. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell. Guy Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.
Clark was born in Monahans, Texas and eventually settled in Nashville, where he helped create the progressive country and outlaw country genres. His songs "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train" that helped launch his career were covered by numerous performers.
TOWNES VAN ZANDT: (1944 ? 1997), Almost 10 years gone, Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre.
While alive, Van Zandt had a small and devoted fanbase, but he never had a successful album or single and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty," scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Despite achievements like these, the bulk of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins, and on friends' couches. Van Zandt was notorious for his drug addictions, alcoholism, and his tendency to tell tall tales.
STEVE EARLE: A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term ?New Country.? What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin? (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts?Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009.) His 2011 album I?ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive shares the same name with his debut novel.
Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, ?Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I?ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can?t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.?