A master storyteller with an uncanny ability to sing stories about characters
and places he's known, veteran singer/songwriter Terry Clarke pours out
sketches of his life and times with his new collection of songs "Mother
Not since Springsteen's "Nebraska" has an artist been able to convey so much
with just guitar/vocal arrangements.
Despite a long history of making music professionally "Mother Indigo" is the
Clarke's first CD to be released on an American label. Growing up in
England and Ireland, Clarke has already chronicled many of his youthful
remembrances in earlier albums, most notably on "The Shelly River," which
was released only briefly on a small European label.
"1994 had been a good year. In March I'd gone to Austin, Texas and had
travelled out west with Butch Hancock and Jesse Taylor for a river trip on
the Rio Grande through Santa Elena canyon. On returning home I toured
Ireland for a month with Henry McCullough, a few weeks later Henry came
over and we played some shows in England and Scotland after which the two
of us went to Canada for some dates. October saw me reunited with Butch
along with Rosie Flores and 'Slim' for a month long tour through England,
Scotland, Ireland and most of Europe.
I'm telling you this because most of these songs grew in one way or another
on all of those roads. November found me without a record contract, a lot of
new material and a 1963 Gibson B45 12-string guitar that I'd picked up the
previous year and was really excited about recording with. So, a cold, damp,
late autumn night saw Terri Hooley and me load up my coffee coloured 1980
Ford Cortina, which I managed to keep on the road until 1995 (had it
stolen...got it back), and make an album."
Terry Clarke, from the liner notes
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