NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The cover of songwriter Guy Clark's new album "My Favorite Picture of You" features a decades-old wrinkled snapshot of his late wife Susanna with her arms crossed and a glare on her face.
The couple moved to Nashville in the early 1970s and helped cultivate a community of songwriters including fellow Texans Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell, but it wasn't all artistic endeavors.
"Townes and I were in that house that she is in front of and we were drunk, drunk, just obnoxiously drunk," Clark said of his wife, who died last year. "She had seen it all before and heard it all before. And she had just had enough."
Clark, the West Texas songwriter who penned such hits as "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," has physically slowed down at the age of 71, but his new collection proves his skills as a country music poet are still sharp.
The album, released in July, is filled with cowboy ballads emphasizing the storytelling lyrics he's known for. Susanna inspired the title track, which he wrote before she died, but he also pens songs on topics as varied as immigration and veterans.