When ‘My Favourite Image of You’ got here out in 2013, it appeared seemingly we had been listening to Guy Clark’s final batch of songs. Guy died three years later at age 74, however his legacy endures, due to the efforts of mates and friends who believed in his music. First got here a biography, Tamara Saviano’s With out Getting Killed or Caught, which make clear the lives of Guy and his spouse Susanna (and their shut good friend Townes Van Zandt). The ebook served as a blueprint to Saviano’s 2021 documentary movie of the identical identify. And now there’s extra music. Anybody who ever noticed Guy’s workshop—or the re-creation of it on the Nation Music Corridor of Fame exhibit—little doubt observed all of the tapes on the wall. Cassettes had been stuffed with songs-in-progress over the a long time. Stashed away had been much more recordings on reel-to-reel.
These closest to Guy have been combing via these tapes rigorously, in search of gems price passing alongside to the general public. They’ve discovered so much: ‘Truly Handmade’ is subtitled “Quantity 1,” indicating there’s extra to come back. The work started with Dylan Clark, Guy’s grandson, transferring tons of of tracks from tape to digital. (Guy’s solely son, Travis, died at 50 a 12 months after his father’s demise.) Dylan’s efforts made it simpler for producer Rodney Crowell to dig via the treasure chest and choose materials for posthumous launch. The main focus of ‘Truly Handmade’ is solo acoustic demos, which reveal the early types of a number of Clark classics. Crowell, who produced Clark’s 1981 album ‘The South Coast of Texas’, selected a number of demos from that document, in addition to 4 from Clark’s extremely acclaimed 1975 debut ‘Outdated No. 1.’ His followers might have heard “L.A. Freeway” or “Let Him Roll” or “Lone Star Lodge” dozens of occasions, however received’t have heard them like this. Much more intriguing are songs that had been left on the cutting-room flooring. Almost half the songs on the primary quantity might be new to even longtime followers. A couple of stretch again to the early ’70s, earlier than Guy had ever launched an album. Crowell says “Miss Alice Pringle” — a co-write with Susanna — dates again to no less than 1972. “That’s once I first heard it, and I all the time needed him to document it,” Crowell says.
We additionally lastly get to listen to Guy’s personal model of “Step Inside My Home,” which gave Lyle Lovett the title of his 1998 album that includes songs by Texans who deeply influenced his personal work. Now we get the blueprint of Lovett’s rendition, in addition to an essential historic artifact: Guy usually claimed this was the primary track he ever wrote. (Was that truly the case? Kind of. “I believe it’s the very first thing he ever thought-about a keeper,” Crowell says. “He wrote songs earlier than that, however that’s in all probability the primary one he would stand behind.”) After which there’s “Don’t Let The Sunshine Idiot Ya,” which Guy’s followers first heard when his pal Townes included it on The Late Nice Townes Van Zandt practically a half-century in the past. A extra produced take from Guy turned up on the 1997 RCA set The Important Guy Clark. However this demo is probably going a greater illustration of what satisfied Townes to document it in 1975.
So what comes subsequent within the Truly Handmade collection? That’s nonetheless within the works — however Crowell bought precisely what he needed for this primary quantity. “Once I began discovering these (demos of) simply Guy alone, guitar vocal, I mentioned ‘That is what we have to begin with.’ And fortunately, there was sufficient materials to do this.” We’ll have extra on this assortment quickly right here on AUK.