So sad! Legendary troubadour Guy Clark has passed away at 74-years-old and now stars of country music are pouring their hearts out about the prolific singer/songwriter.
A Nashville fixture has left us, as Guy Clark has lost a lengthy battle with cancer. In his 40 years in Nashville he churned out 13 studio albums of his own, but was also known for writing hits for country stars ranging from Johnny Cash, to Kenny Chesney. Keep reading for the celebrities mourning the loss of an icon.
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You may not know Guy’s name but you definitely know his songs, as the Nashville Songwriting Hall of Fame member penned tunes recorded by a wide range of artists including Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson.
Guy was renowned for his poetic lyrics and songs about ramblers and dreamers. His best known hits include “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” and he had 13 studio albums worth of his own material, with his debut album Old No. 1 coming out in 1975. He scored his first number one country hit in 1982 when Ricky Skaggs covered his tune “Heartbroke,” and his most recent work, 2013’s My Favorite Picture of You, won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Stream Guy’s music, completely unlimited and ad-free, RIGHT HERE.
“It’s what I enjoy,” he once said of the craft of songwriting. “It gets harder, all the time. It doesn’t fall out of the sky, you know. But I have joy doing the work, I enjoy the creative process. I write and build guitars in the same space, and I find that one is right brain and one is left brain, and they kind of feed off of one another. But, I don’t know. It’s just a way to while away the time until you die.” Now some of country’s finest are paying tribute to the legend:
Oh Lord, just heard Guy Clark passed away. He was a huge influence on me, and an amazing writer. God bless his soul. What a life.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 17, 2016
Guy Clark was my friend. The world is a better place because he lived. I pray for comfort for all who loved him. pic.twitter.com/trvmNPRLDx
— Lyle Lovett (@LyleLovett) May 17, 2016
Sad to hear about the passing of Guy Clark. I'll never forget the day I wrote with him and him busting out a J the size of a baseball bat.
— KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) May 17, 2016
— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) May 17, 2016
"…I loved Guy’s heart, his humor and his country wisdom. He will be missed. Rest in peace Guy!!" – Ricky Skaggs https://t.co/kgSY1SouvB
— Ricky Skaggs (@RickySkaggs) May 17, 2016
— Austin City Limits (@acltv) May 17, 2016
RIP Guy Clark. One of the greats. He was an inspiration to not only Texas singer/songwriters but also to many others the world over.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) May 17, 2016
Our thoughts go out to Guy’s family, friends and fans.