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.
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.