November 6: Guy Clark is 74 – Happy Birthday

  “Buffett I guess. Lightfoot. Warren Zevon. Randy. John Prine. Guy Clark. Those kinds of writers.” – Bob Dylan (on the question about favorite songwriters asked by Bill Flanagan in 2009) I have no reason to sit home and write songs all day without going out and playing for the folks. And I have no reason to go play for …

August 16: Happy 76th birthday Billy Joe Shaver

‘Cause movin’s in my soul, i guess a gypsy boy got a hold Of somebody in my family long ago If some night while half asleep you hear the back door softly squeak You’ll touch my empty pillow, then you’ll know That restless wind, is calling me again – Billy Joe Shaver (from “Restless Wind” (one of his best songs)) …

Mar 07: The late Townes Van Zandt was born in 1944

“I’m trying to define the relationship between man and the universe,….. often it’s between man and man, or man and woman, or man and the cosmos. Whatever song comes through the door I’m happy with.… I’m lucky just to play the guitar and sing.” ~TVZ (on the purpose behind his songwriting) “Figures like Townes Van Zandt remind us that the …

February 09: Happy Birthday Joe Ely

You sure look fine tonight, in the beer sign light. Why did you seem surprised when I saw through your disguise. All your friends were there and no one had a care. They all just looked away in this Honky Tonk Masquerade. – Joe Ely “I think I’ll always be restless, always trying new stuff, I gotta do that. I …

Feb 04: Happy Birthday Clint Black

The best part of being on tour is having a band and an audience. I can still remember what it feels like to have neither. ~Clint Black Love isn’t something that we have. It’s something that we do ~Clint Black Better Man (Live):