Picks and Pans Review: My Music

UPDATED 03/31/1980 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/31/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

Roy Clark

Few performers seem so consistently—and unaffectedly—amiable as Clark. It's hard not to like him even when he's pitching his Roy Clark Deluxe Big Note Guitar Song Book on late-night TV commercials or when the credits on his records include the suppliers of not only his amps and guitars but his wardrobe and boots. This LP is nothing if not amiable. He draws material from a variety of sources, including the underappreciated Leon Payne; his No They'll Never Ever Take Her Love from Me is performed by Clark with just the right plaintive touch and a spare, guitar-only backing. It would be nice to hear Roy play his guitar more, and some of the tunes—What Would I Do without My Music and Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love, for instance—seem too dumb to merit all the string accompaniment and Jordanaire rhapsodizing. Yet Clark's music is soothing and reassuring; that's not to be scoffed at.

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