19-Aug-2017

Guy Clark (1941 – 2016) may not be a household name but in many circles, he is considered one of the greatest songwriters in American music. Author Tamara Saviano goes to great lengths to tell us so in her important biography of the singer-songwriter, recently published by Texas A&M University Press. Saviano is the perfect choice to tell Clark’s story because she’s been writing about him for several years at Country Music magazine. She also interviewed him several times. One of her best essays about Clark appeared in the 2014 issue of Oxford American featuring the music of Texas. Her sentimental memoir about Clark’s 1975 release Ole No. 1, provided fresh insights about the album. So I was genuinely enthused about this biography and its author. Unfortunately due to an overuse of facts and anecdotes, Clark’s story gets a little lost in the narrative.

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