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Susanna Clark, a gifted songwiter and visual artist whose influence far surpassed her fame, died last week in Nashville at age 73.  It is simply impossible to imagine the Nashville songwriting renaissance of the 1970s without her.  Essentially, she and her husband Guy turned their home into a kind of southern salon for enormously talented but unknown songwriters such as Townes van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Earle.  She also wrote some pretty damned good songs of her own, including “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose,” and “Easy From Now On” (with Carlene Carter).  Oh…and she painted that fantastic album cover for Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust.’

But it is as muse for her husband that she may be remembered best.  Listening to Guy Clark’s “Magnolia Wind,” “Dublin Blues,” and “My Favorite Picture of You”…how could you not ask yourself, “Damned…who is that woman?”

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