Update: Melissa Block responds (scroll to bottom)
Guy Clark is the kind of Nashville country singer-songwriter NPR loves (I’ll admit, I share their tastes). Typically, the NPR love goes to someone those who listen to commercial country radio stations have never heard of–which, I’ll admit again, I think is a good thing.
When NPR-loved-country-singer-songwriters start talking, they often sound at first like an elementary school drop-out. But a few sentences into whatever they are talking about, you realize they’re better-read than you.
NPR apparently (translation: I’m making this up) has a secret committee that decides who NPR listeners–who have no country station programmed on their car radio–should know about.
While the committee is secret, it’s apparently (translation: I’m making an educated guess) comprised of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash, Lyle Lovett and the late Harlan Howard via séance. Kriss Kristofferson is on the committee, but no one can understand what he’s saying.
As I’m an NPR listener, it should come as no surprise that this is the kind of country music I like on those occasions I like country music. (My tastes in American-originated music veered off into a genre still seeking a name. I think something like “urban-Americana piano jazz bluegrass blues” might work–very NPR.)
All that to say, when a somewhat obscure (to a mass audience) but very influential, country singer-songwriter is someone like Guy Clark, it’s nice to see that unique and important artist receive what is the NPR royal treatment: The host of All Things Considered comes to Nashville and does a 13 minute story about you.
Update (via Twitter):
— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) July 24, 2013