Musician & Luthier Guy Clark, 1941-2016

Singer, songwriter and luthier Guy Clark in his Nashville workshop, where he crafts guitars and award-winning songs.

Singer, songwriter and luthier Guy Clark in his Nashville workshop, where he crafted guitars and award-winning songs.

Grammy-winning musician and luthier Guy Clark died this morning in his Nashville home – a home I had the very great privilege of visiting for “Songs from the Workbench.”

While Clark is best-known for his music – such hits as “L.A. Freeway,” “Dublin Blues” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train” – he enjoyed building guitars in his spare time; that’s what I talked with him about for a few hours in 2007. He built his guitars two at a time to experiment with different sounds in the pair, using a basic set of tools: chisels, Japanese pull saws, a Stanley foreplane and a $12 knife.

You can read that article here. And read while listening to Lyle Lovett performing “Step Inside This House” – a song Clark said was the first he ever wrote, though he never recorded it. It’s a gorgeous legacy.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

 

One thought on “Musician & Luthier Guy Clark, 1941-2016

  1. johncbell1

    “When I die don’t bury me
    In a box in a cemetary
    Out in the garden would be much better
    I could be pushin’ up homegrown tomatoes”

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