Guy Clark, American folk singer-songwriter, Died at 74


Guy Charles Clark was born on November 6, 1941, in Monahans, Texas and died on May 17, 2016.

He was a Grammy Award-winning American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer.

Guy Clark released more than twenty albums during his career, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell.

He won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.

He had eventually settled in Nashville, where he helped create the progressive country and outlaw country genres.

One of his well-known songs “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train” that helped launch his career were covered by numerous performers.

At the time, the New York Times described him as “a king of the Texas troubadours”, declaring his body of work “was as indelible as that of anyone working in the Americana idiom in the last decades of the 20th century.

Clark was an expert luthier and often played his own guitars.

He achieved success as a songwriter with Jerry Jeff Walker’s recordings of “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train”.

Musical associates such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Hayes Carll, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Alan Jackson, Rodney Crowell, The Highwaymen, and Kenny Chesney have recorded Clark’s songs.

Also, Emmylou Harris has accompanied him on several recordings, particularly his own version of “Desperados Waiting for a Train” on his first album, Old No. 1, released in 1975.

He had won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2014 for My Favorite Picture of You.

The rock supergroup Hard Working Americans released the album “Rest in Chaos,” on May 13, 2016 which features a cover of Clark’s “The High Price of Inspiration.” Clark played on the recording.

He died due to a long illness

Guy Clark passed away at 74 yrs old, in Nashville.