Q - p.1073 stars out of 5
-- "Clark's husky voice unveils tales of his home state....all underpinned by the wisdom gleaned from a tough life."
No Depression - p.118
"Clark's gruff, mature voice is fuller and more expressive than ever here....and he can turn a phrase with the best."
Personnel: Guy Clark (vocals, acoustic guitar); Guy Clark (guitar); Shawn Camp (acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, nylon-string guitar, mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Chris Latham (electric guitar, violin, viola, trumpet, keyboards); Bryn Bright (cello, bass instrument, background vocals); Kevin Grantt (piano); Wayne Killius (drums); Verlon Thompson (vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, harmonica); Eddie Bayers (drums, percussion).
Recording information: EMI Music Publishing Studio; Verlon's Barn.
Photographer: Se¤or McGuire.
Even when Guy Clark was young, he sounded like an old man with a weathered voice, suggesting a life fraught with experience. It is fitting, then, that 30 years into his career he sounds as spry as he does on WORKBENCH SONGS--his 12th full-length--as time has found Clark just hitting his stride. The album's no-frills production does justice to his West Texas wordplay, and this song cycle, including a great cover of "No Lonesome Tune" by his friend Townes Van Zandt, is among his finest.