Album: Guy Clark, My Favourite Picture of You (Dualtone)

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The voice is scrunched a little tighter now, and frayed, and the tunes seem worn to the bone, but… Well, you can't keep a good man down.

This is an umpteenth album by the grizzled veteran of roots songwriting and, if it isn't his strongest, that doesn't mean it isn't worthy of your attention – and not only for the moving address to his late wife in the title song. Arrangements are simple, bluegrass-inflected and rich in acoustic textures. Warm and thick as a hayrick.