It almost seems cheap to call Guy Clark a songwriter. He’s a novelist or a film director or a poet. It’s just that he works with words and music.
Clark, who celebrates his 68th birthday on Friday, is one of the all-time greats, and backed by longtime guitarist Verlon Thompson, he proved why again on Sunday at The Egg in Albany.
Time is slowly taking its toll on Clark, and he had a mid-show stretch where he had a difficult time of it – false starts on three consecutive songs. But he pulled it together, making those songs – the cubist country of “Picasso’s Mandolin” and the windy “Tornado Time in Texas” – some of the stand-out tracks of the night.