Best of 2013 Staff Picks

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By Dean S.

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1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live at KCRW

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2.Guy Clark My Favorite Picture of You

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3.King Crimson The Road to Red

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4. Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait 

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5. Halie Loren Simply Love

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Guy Clark “My Favorite Picture of You”

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Guy Clark

My Favorite Picture of You

Live From Austin, TX

By Dean S.

Say what you will about Texas, but the place is crawling with songwriters.  If they’re lucky (and good) they just might end up sharing credits with Guy Clark.  And that is something special.  My Favorite Picture of You, Guy’s first album in nearly four years, features ten new seemingly timeless originals by Guy (with contributions from Shawn Camp and Rodney Crowell among others) plus Lyle Lovett’s “Waltzing Fool.”  Accompanying Mr. Clark is a coterie of stalwarts from previous albums including the indispensable guitarist Verlon Thompson.

Back in 1984 Guy was standing on the stage of Dixie’s Bar & Bus Stop accompanied only by his guitar and a slew of songs – sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes both, always on the mark. The two discs on  Live From Austin, TX includes both sets from that night, finishing off with a picture perfect rendition of good buddy Townes Van Zandt’s “No Deal.”

Next time Guy stops by Dixie’s he’ll have an even harder time choosing between songs.  But like the man says – “life’s a bitch but it could be worse.”