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Texas Platters

For the Sake of the Song

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, August 19, 2011, Music

Guy Clark

Songs and Stories (Dualtone)

The dean of Texas songwriters has live albums under his belt. Now approaching 70, Guy Clark's most recent performances, such as this one – recorded in 2009 at Nashville, Tenn.'s Belcourt Theatre – have a solemnity and sense of purpose that's deeper than anything he's done in the past. Chock-full of crowd-pleasers plus a mystifying tale of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You," Clark and his band once again weave a beguiling spell. ***.5

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