Finding a musician and songwriter more influential in the collective genres of pop, folk, country and Americana music – and yet also more underappreciated – than the late Gene Clark would be a formidable task. Clark’s legacy as a singer, songwriter, founding member of the Byrds, and collaborator in a number of acts, including Dillard & Clark (with banjo legend Doug Dillard), Gene Clark & the Gosdin Brothers (featuring future country star Vern Gosdin), McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (with fellow ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman), and as the duet partner of Carla Olson, front woman of Eighties L.A. rock band the Textones, earned him a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now, a previously unknown collection from
The eight tracks on the LP, which author and annotator John Einarson (Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds’ Gene Clark), describes as “nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer-songwriter’s extraordinary body of work,” were recorded in 1967 and discovered on a rare acetate in the Liberty Records vaults. The upcoming collection also features five tracks from another acetate given to
Included on the Rose Garden acetate as part of the Gene Clark Sings for You LP is “A Long Time,” penned and performed by
Gene Clark Sings for You and The Rose Garden will be available on Omnivore Records June 15th.