For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic of late, and one of the albums that best captures that warm sense of fuzzy longing is Guy Clark’s 1975 album Old No. 1. Clark first entered my vocabulary as a participant in the excellent Townes Van Zandt documentary Be Here To Love Me (2004). Old No. 1, his debut, is filled with the same sort of acoustic, finger-picked and folk-inflected outlaw country that Van Zandt was also crafting around this time. Clark’s voice, a nasal croak, lies closer to Willie Nelson’s than Van Zandt’s deep register. In my mind, the tracks that stand out most are the leaving town anthem, “L.A. Freeway,” and the perfect slice of nostalgic sentimentalism, “Desperados Waiting for a Train.” Check out these tracks below, and if you like ’em, snag yourself a copy of the album at your local independent record retailer. Enjoy!
Guy Clark, “L.A. Freeway”
Guy Clark, “Desperados Waiting for a Train”