Guy Clark's Workshop: Now on View
Guy Clark’s songs were lauded and recorded by Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, and many others.
Born in 1941 in Monahans, Texas, Clark moved to Nashville in 1971 and he and wife Susanna soon were at the center of a group of rowdy writers including Crowell, Richard Dobson, David Olney, Townes Van Zandt and others who lived for the song and who took Clark’s approval as an indicator of success. Those writers helped to define the era captured in the museum’s exhibit Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s.
Now, Clark’s workshop—with its cassette wall, its handmade workbench, and a bevy of other wonders—comes to the Museum, so that visitors may be inspired by a man who blended work ethic and invention, artistry and craftsmanship. Clark spent many hours each day in the workshop, listening, building, and writing songs.
The workshop exhibit is made possible by the Estate of Guy Charles Clark.
About 'Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s'
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, celebrates an era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts, and exploring the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities.
In Nashville, renegade artists were fighting for and winning creative control of their own songs and sounds, and through it, breaking down the status quo on Music Row. In Austin, musicians were blending disparate strains of country, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, and conjunto into something brand new.
Among the artists whose lives and music are explored and celebrated in Outlaws & Armadillos: Bobby Bare, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kimmie Rhodes, Doug Sahm, and Jerry Jeff Walker. The exhibition began its nearly three-year run in Nashville in 2018, and through February 14, 2021, continues to spotlight the music, art, and personalities that cemented a historically creative, artistically expansive era in country music.
Plan your visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to explore Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s and other current exhibitions.