Saluting Guy Clark and Merle Haggard

Just a couple quick tips on under-the-radar tributes to two country songwriting superheroes, Guy Clark and Merle Haggard. If you ‘like’ us on Facebook, you might have already checked these out based on links we shared earlier in the week, so this is mostly for all the folks that keep up with us by other means.

Guy Clark Week > Shark Week

The Los Angeles Americana music blog Turnstyled Junkpiled has named Guy Clark its ‘Pimp of the Week,’ and festivities over there have so far included a review of This One’s for Him (which you may recall as our #3 album of 2011), a feature/interview with Clark, and a video compilation of LA area musicians covering several of his songs. Among the videos, particular favorites are Brian Wright and the Ladies Gun Club (below), Ted Russell Kamp, and Mark W. Lennon, but you’ll want to give all of them a listen. Lots of talent down there in the hipper half of the state.

A Hag-Off of Epic Proportions

Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs hosts Country Jam Radio on KHYI out of Dallas. On last Saturday night’s show, he was joined by Jason Eady and steel guitarist Roger Ray. After performing a handful of original songs during the broadcast segment of the show, Hillyer and Eady let the tape roll for more than an hour as they entertained themselves and the assembled crowd with an off-the-cuff Haggard song swap. Besides the obvious choices, there were plenty of deeper cuts like “Going Where the Lonely Go,” “C.C. Waterback,” and “I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can.” The impromptu nature of the performance, with drinks ordered and lyrics dropped here and there, makes it an especially entertaining listen.

You can stream or download the whole thing here.

Also revealed on the show: Eady’s new album, AM Country Heaven, finally has a release date of April 10. A true throwback country record, it features Heybale as a backing band and Lloyd Maines on pedal steel.

Here’s the album’s title track, which wears some of that Haggard influence on its sleeve.

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  1. C.M. Wilcox says:

    And while you’re busy thinking about Guy Clark, don’t forget that he sings on the new Darrell Scott album that came out this week, too.

  2. Rick says:

    The one thing those LA based Americana artists have in common is that they play shows at the free Sunday afternoon Grand Ole Echo concerts than run in Echo Park (on Sunset Blvd no less) from late April to early September. I can hardly wait for the 2012 season to begin so I can play fill in DJ when the house regular Cousin Roy is unavailable. WooHoo!

    I think there is more interest in the Turnstyled Junkpiled blog outside of LA than there is here in town! Crikey!

  3. Karen says:

    looking forward to listening, but first have to go circle April 10th on the calendar . . .

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