In a year that has already robbed us of so much musical talent we have lost one more. Guy Clark passed away the morning of May 17 at the age of 74.

The Grammy Award winning Texas country and folk singer is best known as a songwriter having written hits for everyone ranging from Johnny Cash to John Denver and Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.

The best way to describe the impact Guy Clark had on music is to acknowledge that for more than 40years, the Clark home was a center point for songwriters, folk singers, artists and misfits – all of which he called friends. Throughout his long and extraordinary career, Clark blazed a trail for groundbreaking artists and troubadours, including his good friends Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Jim McGuire, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, and Vince Gill.

An accomplished luthier, as well as an artist himself, by the time Guy released “Old No. 1,” his debut, critically acclaimed album for RCA Records in 1975, he had written several soon-to-be classic songs, such as“She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “Let Him Roll,” “Rita Ballou” and “Texas 1947.” Clark’s most significant run as an artist began in 1989 when he released a string of significant folk and Americana albums during the next two-and-a-half decades — “Old Friends,” “Boats to Build,” “Dublin Blues,” “Keepers,” “Cold Dog Soup,” “The Dark,” “Workbench Songs,” “Somedays the Song Writes You” and his final 2013 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album, “My Favorite Picture of You.”

Most recently Clark was working on a book and film with noted author Tamara Saviano.

Grammy Award winner and famed songwriter Guy Clark has died at the age of 74 AP Images
Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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