Texas Cookin', or: Joe Nick Patoski Gets Guy Clark to Spill the Secret to Songwriting

Joe Nick Patoski's a friend -- a hero also. One of the sharpest, wisest, wittiest and warmest nonfiction writers Texas has ever produced; one could do worse than attempt to emulate the Fort Worth native and UTEP'er presently at work on that book about the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Texans. Certainly, Jeff Liles couldn't have done better when he asked Joe Nick to moderate last night's Q&A with the great Guy Clark at the Kessler.

That's clear in the video above, 14:47 of pure gold from two of Texas's best. I love it when Joe Nick says to Guy, "You write songs, sometimes the songs are writin' you." Another highlight among many, Clark's advice to aspiring songwriters: "Listen to Dylan Thomas read his own work." Your work-week musical farewell forthcoming. Till then, on the other side from last night's performance, "The Guitar." But one classic amongst many.

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