refers to this era's music in some of his songs, most notably in "Frankie
Murray Sings 'Kansas City'" ... this is one of those albums that seems
to get better with each succeeding song.
Terry Clarke has long had a great affinity with Austin, Texas, tours regularly
and has a sizeable local following ... his new album 'Mother Indigo'
is getting good press over here too. "A lot of people have always wanted
a totally solo record, so I hope they dig it" says Terry. Along with a
number of new songs, the album goes back to the Clarke well, featuring
three great compositions from his masterful 'The Heart Sings' album
... 'Walk With Me', 'Bruce Channel In This Town' and 'Back
To The Well'.
Country Music International
It's real stripped down, just Clarke and his 12-string guitars ... Clarke
is an admirer, though not imitator, of the Texas school of singer-songwriters,
but his Irish origins have always been the most prominent aspect of his
work, or at least provide a reasonable explanation for the pensive, low
key melancholy that pervades his songs. At the same time, just to complicate
things, he's also a devotee of Gene Vincent, to whom this album is dedicated
and from whose 'Baby Blue' he quotes, in the title track, while 'Bruce
Channel In This Town' celebrates Channel and Delbert McClinton playing
'Hey! Baby' on a long ago British tour. If you don't know Clarke, this
is a good place to start.
3rd Coast Music, Texas
This is Clarke's first US release. He's a gifted singer-songwriter. We
like the fact that he pays as much attention to the music as the words.
The songs sound effortless and are full of characters that you won't soon
Village Records Kansas
All of the tracks were recorded in one night in 1994, performed live in
the studio, just Clarke singing and accompanying himself on 12-string
acoustic guitar. He has a warm, magnetic, passionate voice and strong
rhythmic guitar style, and every song crackles with a restless. expectant
energy ...beautiful images. Evocative and compelling.
How best to describe Clarke's music? It's modern folk, singer/songwriter
stuff with a dash of Celtic flavouring and some country influences. I'm
reminded of other singer/songwriter guitarists such as Gordon Lightfoot,
Richard thompson and most especially the Texan Joe Ely. This is evocative
stuff, especially on "Frankie Murray Sings 'Kansas City' " one
of the best songs on the CD, about an itinerant wanderer. Terry Clarke
is one of those little-known musicians who take the stage in a club, grab
the audience by the scruff of their collective collars and gives them
a masterclass in songwriting and performance before wandering off onto
the road to the next venue. Highly recommended.
New Hope International
Modern folk music has a pulse but few of it's acts have the heart AND
the brains to make it work artistically ...this is a supreme disc, indeed!
The bare boned songs are filled with passion, poetry and power. His soundation
links directly to the likes of Van Morrison(Astral Weeks), Nick Drake,
Richard Thompson, Bob Dylan, the acoustic Bruce Springsteen, and Donovan
at his decibel dawn. The combination of melody and poetry is mastered
by few. Terry Clarke has the magic; he is the master of word, rhyme and
feel. If the aforementioned names are found in your collection, by all
means check out 'Candyman's Last Night(Coming Home)', the Celtic
based 'Back To The Well', the Led Zep 111 influenced 'Two Rivers'
and the vastly Van Morrison inspired 'Mother Indigo'.