Monday, January 09, 2012
30 Songs to Reach for When You Fall, This One's for Guy Clark
The beauty's also in tough guy James McMurtry sailing away on that "Cold Dog Soup" chorus and in John Townes Van Zandt II singing that wino back home with the final refrain, "Let him roar/Let him roll" and the way that three note progression on his guitar has set this moment up throughout the long story that comes before. Everything here works, on some level, and Rosie Flores's sauciness suits "Baby Took a Limo to Memphis" just as Suzy Boguss's delicacy caresses each moment of "Instant Coffee Blues." Ray Wylie Hubbard, on "Homegrown Tomatoes," and Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott and Tim O'Brien, on "Texas Cookin,'" make straight-up party records out of the joys of good eating (Hubbard's "what'd life be without homegrown tomatas," resonating as one of life's great hunger-inducing questions).