Richard Leigh returns with Guy Clark
by: Performing Arts Society of Acadiana
Fri, May 11, 2012 7:30 pm James Devin Moncus Theater located at the ACA Lafayette, LA:Songwriting legend Guy Clark doesn't merely compose songs; he projects images and characters with the kind of hands-on care and respect of a literary master. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail, and has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. The emotional level of his work, as well as the admiration and esteem of his peers, consistently transcends sales figures and musical genres. Using everyday language to construct extraordinary songs for more than 35 years, Clark continues to be the type of songwriter whom young artists study and seasoned writers, as well discriminating listeners, revere.Masterful and charismatic in live performance, Clark has built a devout U.S. and international following through years of touring prestigious clubs and concert halls. Guy Clark remains a national treasure and folk icon, crafting masterful, poignant melodies and insightful lyrics. Tough, bare-boned and dryly sentimental, his beautiful songs reflect the man himself and display an old-fashioned masculinity that emphasizes honesty, integrity and carefully chosen words. Richard Leigh's penning of "Don't it make my Brown Eyes Blue" sent him to the Country Music Association award stage to take home the prize for Song of the Year in 1978, as well as a Grammy for Best Country Song. In fourteen trips to the Top Ten with hits he has written or co-written, including recordings by Kathy Mattea, Steve Wariner, Crystal Gayle, Guy Clark, and Ray Charles, eight have become #1 singles. The Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter is a veteran of 34 years in the music business and is rapidly becoming a rarity of longevity in Music City, USA. Other artists who have recorded Leigh's songs include: Anne Murray, Martina McBride, George Jones, K.T. Oslin, Ronnie Milsap, B.J. Thomas, Bill Medley, Perry Como, Connie Francis, Debbie Boone, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Shenandoah, Tammy Wynette, The Bellamy Brother's, Suzy Boguss, Guy Clark, Ricky Scaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marie Osmond, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kitty Wells, Bobby Bare, and many more.