Move Over Jay Z, Guy Clark Takes Top Spot on Amazon Digital Sales
The official press release is below, written by yours truly. However, I dig Chris Gray’s piece for Houston Press’ blog today – with the awesome title – Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon’s Top MP3 Album Spot. Oh hells yes. Here is the link.
Guy Clark’s Songs And Stories Topped Amazon’s Downloads on Release Day
Hall of Fame Songwriter’s Live Album Garners Accolades and Sales
A member of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a recipient of The Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Guy Clark released Songs And Stories today – and was Amazon’s top selling album download this morning, besting Watch The Throne by Jay Z.
Recorded live in Nashville, not only are there the beloved songs, “The Randall Knife,” “The Cape,” “Homegrown Tomatoes,” and “Stuff That Works,” but also the essential asides and insights that can only be experienced from a seat in the audience. The album was an Amazon daily deal yesterday at $3.99, and the accolades are rolling in…
“With his grainy, husky vocals at the fore, these lofty ballads find Clark ruminating on everyday observations and intuitive introspection, etched, as always, from a knowing perspective…affirm the craft and care that’s been invested in this material.” BLURT
“Lean, fingers-on-strings playing and a voice that’s worn by time, but still solid as oak, Stories and Songs is music at its core.” PASTE
“It works well, thanks to the anecdotes and asides sprinkled throughout, and the relaxed mood of the players onstage. The 69-year-old even cedes the spotlight to colleagues Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp for several numbers (“Joe Walker’s Mare” proves especially moving). A man this talented can afford to be gracious with stage time.”
“The final cut on Songs And Stories, perhaps Clark’s best known song–“Dublin Blues”– still makes the heart strong after all these years. Guy Clark’s songs go down like a fine shot of rare whiskey. Songs And Stories counts as a rare batch…” SWAMPLAND
“…He takes the stage in his shirtsleeves with a few close cronies. They offer candid and illuminating commentary and knock out a handful of lyrically rich songs in unselfconscious renderings, delighting with their absolute naturalness—truly a rare gift in a fame-driven city like Nashville.” COUNTRY WEEKLY