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Guy Charles Clark, has died at the age of 74. The celebrated Country and folk musician died in Nashville on Tuesday from persistent health problems. He was was known for his songs’ lyrical inventiveness and soaring narrative, showcased in the hits LA Freeway and Desperados Waiting for a Train. His reputation as a songwriting legend was cemented by recordings of his songs by artists including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and George Strait. Before settling in Nashville with his partner Susanna Clark in 1971 he had lived around his home state of Texas, performing music, repairing guitars and building lasting relationships with the musicians Kay Oslin, Gary White and Townes Van Zandt. For more than 40 years, the Clark home was a gathering place for songwriters, folk singers and artists. Throughout his long and extraordinary career, Guy Clark blazed a trail for original and groundbreaking artists and troubadours.
His influence on other Country and folk stars was captured in the 2012 compilation This One’s for Him, which featured performances of his song by Steve Earle, Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. His final album, 2013’s My Favorite Picture of You was inspired by a photograph of Susanna who died in 2012. After her death he stopped performing because of his own poor health, having earned accolades including an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting.
The fan-voted winners of the recent Cross Country / National Artist Management (CCN) Awards are:
Entertainer - Bob Keeley
Solo - Donna Wylde
Duo - Jonny & Lynnette
Band - Gary Perkins & The Breeze
Male Vocalist - Darren Busby
Female Vocalist - Kay D
Dance Act - Alan Gregory
Musician - Steve Kedge
Newcomer - Trey Jackson
Festival - Golden Buckle (Walesby)
Club - Western Avenue (London)
Dj - Dave Hall (Pepper)
Linedance Instructor - Vikki Morris (West Midlands)
Especially recognised Festival
Also because the vote was so close, sponsored by Up Country magazine
Rock Ridge Round Up
CCN Song of the Year - Chris Raddings for You're In The Shadow Of My Mind
DJ - again because the vote was close - Charlie Green (Northampton)
Best Female as part of a Duo/Group - Lynnette Marie
Services to Industry - Lyn Jones (Chelsea Artistes)
Such was the success of the fan-voted CCN Awards with many thousands of votes coming in that the organisers have decided to make this an annual event. More news will follow later in the year.
Thanks must go to ...
Kezia Gill and
Who gave us a night to remember and will certainly be booked by those present.
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