My Favorite Picture of You by Guy Clark
It’s been four years since Guy Clark released an album. Die-hard fans have been restless for a new collection, but reminds them that not only is it worth the wait, but that it takes a little time to create a musical masterpiece.
Oh, Guy himself would probably scoff at such a bold statement. In the album’s biography, he describes the new project as “It’s just the best 10 songs I’ve got.” His best is pretty dang good. The title track is an ode to his late wife, Susanna, and its poignant lyric is complete truth and completely compelling in its honest, conversational tone. Not every track is so intimate, although all possess the same soul-piercing authenticity, due in large part to the haunting background vocals of Morgane Stapleton. “Hell Bent on a Heartache” gives an almost “oh well” attitude to a three-(or more)-time loser, while the opening track, “Cornmeal Waltz,” seems an homage to the dance hall tradition of Guy’s Texas homeland. And “The Death of Sis Draper” is a continuation of a story that Guy and Shawn Camp started long ago.
A songwriter’s songwriter, Guy Clark’s tunes have been recorded by the likes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy Buffett. But there’s little that compares to hearing a writer perform his own songs for a real taste of truth.
WARNING: This is a great video of him telling the story of the picture and then playing the song, but he does use some colorful language in the beginning.