Considering I've covered "new" music from Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt in the past week, it only made sense to round out that arena of folk songwriting with a Grammy spotlight on a tribute album aimed at the inimitable Guy Clark.
Indeed, Kristofferson, Van Zandt, and Clark were all part of the same era in story-songwriting, tackling similar topics in a similar way. Fans of one are surely fans of the others. You could throw Steve Earle into that mix if you wanted, even though he was more of Van Zandt's protege than a contemporary of these folks. (Earle announced recently he'll have a new disc dropping with his Dukes and Duchesses on April 16. You'll want to mark your calendar for that.)
At any rate, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark dropped in late 2011 and earned its way to a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. This isn't surprising. The 2-CD set includes just about every artist known to the greater world as a folk or Americana performer. It's an all-star jampacked collection of some of the best talent in the field. Does that make it one of the best albums of the past 18 months? Check out my review and then add your comments to share what you think.
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