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    Dublin Blues

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Dublin Blues is an album by American singer-songwriter Guy Clark, originally released in 1995.


    A mere three years after Boats to Build, Guy Clark offered Dublin Blues, a record filled with sizzle, inspiration, and his
    best batch of songs in years. Teaming with Miles Wilkinson for the third time and using in the studio for the first time
    his road band -- which included Über guitarist and singer Darrell Scott -- Clark delivered a batch of searing portraits,
    intimate observations, first-person narratives, and one dumb throwaway cut ("Baby Took A Limo to Memphis").
    As usual, some old friends return to the fold -- Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Verlon Thompson, Kenny
    Malone, and Suzy Ragsdale -- but there were new faces at the time that joined in like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Nanci
    Griffith, and Kathy Mattea.


    The magic begins with the title track. Haunted Celtic melodies played on the fiddle and a mandolin with an acoustic
    guitar usher in a country song that could be from the countryside of Ireland. With Mattea on the backing vocals,
    the listener is transported between worlds in time and space. "Black Diamond Strings" is a friendly little number
    about what else: guitar strings! Its catchy hook and singalong chorus make it a Clark winner. "Shut Up and Talk to
    Me" features Scott playing the swinging blues as Clark counts off the music like a fierce memory. "Stuff That Works"
    is another of Clark's quiet observation tunes, where his words speak volumes and the instruments underline their
    meanings. It's a workingman's anthem sung seemingly from the workshop bench. But "Hank Williams Said It Best,"
    "Tryin' to Try," "Cape," and "Hangin' Your Life on the Wall" are all tremendous in their scope and intimacy. They are
    full of dimension and depth, and Wilkinson gives them textures.


    The set ends with a re-recording of the spooky yet shattering elegy "The Randall Knife" Clark cut on Better Days. The
    difference here is age. The view Clark sings from is one of distance and age. "The Randall Knife" doesn't feel quite
    so spooky this time out, but it does resonate with empathy and even tenderness. As it winds to a close, the listener
    is left not in bewildered silence but in awe that such a bond exists at all.

    1. Dublin Blues
    2. Black Diamond Strings
    3. Shut Up And Talk To Me
    4. Stuff That Works
    5. Hank Williams Said It Best
    6. The Cape
    7. Baby Took a Limo to Memphis
    8. Tryin' To Try
    9. Hangin' Your Life On The Wall
    10. The Randall Knife
    Guy Clark
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