Guy Clark: 12 Essential Songs

From iconic gunfighter anthems to vulnerable proclamations of love

Load Previous

"L.A. Freeway"

Before finally settling in Nashville, Clark briefly lived in Los Angeles, where he pursued a publishing deal and worked at a local dobro factory. But the Texas native didn't exactly like the lure of Hollywood – the long hours on the highway weren't feeding his soul, and one day while on the road back from a gig in San Diego, a thought popped into his head. "If I can just get off of this L.A Freeway without getting killed or caught," he thought, realizing the power of the line and quickly jotting it down on the back of a burger sack with his wife Susanna's eyebrow pencil. The note became the basis for "L.A. Freeway," the second song on his debut LP Old No. 1. Opening with a simple strum soon met with a wistful fiddle, it was not only a tune about leaving California but the restless spirit of anyone who feels the crush of a reality they often dream about escaping.

Back to Top