Under the Influence: Rodney Crowell

Juli Thanki | May 28th, 2014

Under the Influence is a new feature in which artists discuss the writers who have influenced them over the years. First up: Rodney Crowell, who lovingly talks about his friend and mentor Guy Clark.

The influence Guy’s music has had on me is too deep for a sound bite. For my formative years, when I was developing a craft and a work ethic and all things that a writer must do, I enrolled Guy as my audience of one. I figured he was the toughest audience I could ever submit my work in front of, so I just enrolled him – against his wishes a lot of the time. But he was tough. And he was my friend. It made me a much better songwriter…and kudos to me for picking someone that smart. Guy is the best self-editor I’ve ever come across. He’s his own built-in Maxwell Perkins.

I had Guy Clark in mind when I wrote “The Flyboy and the Kid.” He’s a longtime, dear friend of mine. He had that song “Dublin Blues” with the lyric “drinkin’ mad dog margaritas” so the “mad dog” in my song is an image I took from Guy. It’s a love song to a friend.

 

  1. Donald
    May 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Looking forward to more of this series- good start.

  2. Juli Thanki
    May 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for reading, Donald.

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