Clark Paterson The Final Tradition

Clark Paterson The Final Tradition 

 
Outlaw
country was a little bit of a trick. Some of the hardcore hombres
tilling that soil were the real deal. Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe
Shaver got thrown into the crowd, but quickly proved that were too out
for the outlaws and found their own horizons to chase. Clark Paterson
comes from different—but equally strong—stock.
 
He
grew up on his family’s farm Sandusky, Michigan and towed the line
through high school, going on to college in Chicago. Then he hit the
road hard, with a guitar and backpack, no doubt exploring a few Jack
Kerouac visions, making it all the way around the world. Then he went
into commercial real estate. Really. That couldn’t last, and classes at
the Windy City’s Old Town Folk School sealed the deal.
 
That’s when the big muses started to visit Paterson, and this album shows what a welcome home they found inside him.
 
These
are real-deal songs, the kind that will pulverize what has come before
in the artist’s life. Lyrically he’s writing short stories based in
verse, and sonically he owes as much to Nick Cave as Ferlin Husky.
 
He
lives in East Nashville now, and just might be the flag carrier for
what can be done there. If it’s been too long since soul-scary music has
invaded the neighborhood, this is the one to find.
 
Ranging
from “Kansas Saturday Night” to “My Hand Knows the Touch,” a killer
contender has claimed the right to call himself that. Darkness has never
spread so much light.                
 
— Bill Bentley

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