Bryan Clark

Bryan Clark

 Dallas, Texas, USA
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“Bryan Clark is a rising star to watch. Carrying the torch for the new breed of singer-songwriters.” "If Sting was from Texas, he'd be named Bryan Clark." go to http://www.bryanclarkmusic.com for more info

Biography

Roots Music Review - Clark’s music style does not belong to any one genre. Not only does he transcend genres from song to song on this album, Clark sometimes does the same thing within the same song – a nifty talent and difficult to pull off as seamlessly as he does. Clark has a rich, smooth voice that punctuates his talents as a songwriter. Lyrics are well-penned, well-sung and often profound. "

Pop Culture Press - This could be one the years best CDs. “Work Songs of Love” is for music lovers. Serious lyrics. Serious guitar/dobro.”

Guitar Player magazine - "Bryan Clark has a jazz-funk sensibility akin to Hollywood studio cats like Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, and Steve Lukather. An understated composer with echoes of vintage Pat Metheny, Clark exploits space and timbre in his long, modally tinged, melodic passages."

EAR magazine: “A truly unique artist. His ability to mix and transform genres is a pure delight for the ears.”

Daily Texan: “Bryan Clark is a rising star to watch. Carrying the torch for the new breed of singer-songwriters.”

Listen.Com: "Bryan's influences are wide ranging to say the least. Classical meets improvisation here with no genre (inc. rock and bluegrass) left unexplored."

Guitarnation.com: ”Thoughtful & introspective lyrics that thoroughly engage the listener. Jazz phrasings, bluegrass flatpicking, Dobro, blues, acrobatic rhythm guitar playing - Bryan does it all with a grace & fluidity that is pure poetry.”

Bryan's website receives and average of 25,000 hits per year, over 100,000 downloads, and generates CD sales in France, Germany, Africa, Australia and the US. His first independent release “Clear, Strong, Blue” has had 5 compositions hit #1 on the online charts and his music has been featured on “MP3 – Best of Jazz” and “MP3 – Best of Pop” compilation CDs.

His previous release "Work Songs of Love" recieved regional airplay on AAA and college radio markets. He is also consistently in the top ten on the UMN network country charts.

Bryan has performed with the Dixie Dreggs, Kansas, blues great Bonnie Raitt, and jazz luminaries Larry Carlton and Scott Henderson. He also was awarded the 2002 Bonnie Raitt Endowed Scholarship and has been a featured performer in the Los Angeles Jazz Festival.

Bryan has been selected as a featured performer and songwriting finalist in both the Mountain Valley Arts Festival and the prestigious Mountain Stage's "newsong festival".

A Texas native, Bryan began his professional career as the opening act for guitarist Larry Carlton. A graduate of University of Southern California (BM, DMA), and University of Texas at Austin (MM), Bryan Clark has studied with many of the perennial guitarists in the jazz world; Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, and Steve

Bryan’s bluegrass trio – Honeywagon – was signed to CMH records for a four-album deal. The groups first release "Grass Stains" is a best seller for CMH and thier second release "Green Day, Blue Grass" has sold over 40,000 units and stayed on the Billboard Bluegrass Top 15 Charts for over 79 weeks.

Endorsed by:
Collings Guitars, John Pearce Strings, Red Bear Picks

Lyrics

Walls of Hell

Written By: bryan clark

Verse:
He went out and got hammered
Like a 16 penny nail
Drove his conscience right through
A schoolyard guard rail
He woke up as the bottom of a soul board
And now he’s holding up
The walls of hell

Verse:
She lives life like a circus
Get as high as the flying trapeze
Puts her children on the wire
But the spotlight is between her knees
She does more tricks than the ponies in the big top
She shoots up everything she can think of
She’ll come in handy as plaster
For dry wall in hell

Bridge:
Well they’re redecorating just south of the border
With broken souls for their rooms made to order
Well everything looks nice for the man who’s all rattles and horns

Verse:
He started stealing form the coffers
In 1979
Redevous with those choirboys
When the church yard was quiet
Now he’s moved on up to the big leagues
Stuffing money up the politicians trick sleeves
He’s just another lovely painting
On the walls of hell

The walls of hell
The walls of hell
Walls of hell

Nights Like These

Written By: Bryan Clark

Nights like these

Verse 1:
on nights like these
i could dream forever,
but I wake up on a dime
since you've gone
i'm going through the motions
sleepless nights and lonely drives

Pre-chorus:
it's a mystery to me
what I'm going through
but I know that its all over you

Chorus:
on nights like these
I can hear your laughter
like when we were entwined

on nights like these
i try to sleep forever
and dream that you're still mine

on nights like these.....

Verse2:

has it been a year
since you took that job you wanted
in the california sun?
I'm not the kind of man
to keep you bound forever
so I let us come undone

Pre-chorus:
I know I shouldn't have let you go
and now I'm here all alone

Chorus:
on nights like these
I can hear your laughter
like when we were entwined

on nights like these
i try to sleep forever
and dream that you're still mine

on nights like these.....

Verse3:
And one day
I'll drive a 1000 miles westward
just to see what you've become

but when I think of you
with a ring around your finger
i go completely numb

Pre-chorus:
I shake my head and wonder where it all went
I don't know but I'm dying to relive it

Chorus:
on nights like these
I can hear your laughter
like when we were entwined

on nights like these
i try to sleep forever
and dream that you're still mine

on nights like these....

Angelyne

Written By: Bryan Clark

Angelyne:

Verse 1
Because you've got a new pink corvette
you go tooling 'round sunset
like a renegade concubine with a
big blonde bee-hive in overdrive

I can't believe
I can't even concieve
of a billboard queen
in the driver's seat..Angelyne

Verse 2
beacause you barely fit inside a corset
you're every sugar daddy's luncheonette
you feed them poses and do a routine like those
glossy centerfolds in my closet magazines

oh, come clean, Angelyne
you're just a another wanna-be porn queen
with those egyptian eyes
the you're air-brushed thighs
Angelyne

Verse 3
I never judge a cover by it's book
but the pages on the inside can be overlooked
You're like a cartoon but too obscene
You'd make Malibu Barbie blush at the knees

oh, come clean Angelyne
and let reality interviene
you just a billboard queen
in the driver's seat
with egyptian eyes
and air-brushed thighs
there you go again
your name is up in lights...
Angelyne

Down in Flames

Written By: Bryan Clark

Down in Flames
(Bryan Clark)

Verse:
She’s riding shotgun in a stolen car
Doing a 100 miles an hour in needlepoint rain
He never thought that love could go this far
Her 40 caliber kisses completely blew out his senses, made him deaf, reckless and no way to change

Chorus:
Now there’s sirens on the horizon behind them
2 souls on fire for stealing diamonds and screaming tires
Through 5 state lines, side by side
Hellbent, going down in flames

Verse:
She was a steamy Cajun stripper on her way to Cheyenne
Outside of Glenwood Springs he put a 30 karat ring on her hand
He never thought that love could go this far
But with countless variations on her bedroom applications
She got him stealing from daybreak to dark

Chorus:
It’s a fact, sow an act, and reap a habit
“keep driving” she said “they’re almost beside us”
Through 5 state lines, side by side
Hellbent, going down in flames

Bridge:
Then just like a slow-motion adolescent dream
She peeled off her clothes and climbed onto the back seat
the cruise control was set
he tied the steering wheel to the gear shift
And climbed behind for one last ride
To go down in flames

Chorus:
Now there’s sirens on either side and behind them
Their engine is humming like a convict choir
2 souls on fire for one last ride
Hellbent, going down in flames

Postcards, Pictures, and Souvenirs

Written By: Bryan Clark


Verse
there's an ocean loving bobble-top hula girl
in a grass skirt on my dashboard smiling for the world
but I'm broke-down
in the Grand Canyon

you gave her to me down in Galveston
with postcard of a sunset we were father wife and son
before the big lies
and the courthouse chairs

Chorus
i'm living this life as best as I can
but son the law says that I can never see you again
when i forget about that perfect life [time]
I've got your postcards, pictures, and souvenirs to remind me.

Verse
when the gravity of nightime bows my head
in the parking lot of a truck stop i climb up to my bed
close my eyes and
see you again

every night it's the same lovely dream
you're barefoot in the front yard running straight to me
with such a big smile
it like I'm really there

Chorus
now and then i forget who i am
because the road is driving me insane again
when i lose the reason for living life
I've got your postcards, pictures, and souvenirs to remind me

Bridge
i see them everyday
they're riding beside me on the interstate
and now i'm really living the recovery life
Because your postcards, pictures, and souvenirs remind me.

Chorus
maybe someday you'll look for me
down those blakctop highways and crooked streets
just know son you're always on my mind
cause I've got your postcards, pictures, and souvenirs to remind me.

Carefree Arizona

Written By: Bryan Clark


Carefree Arizona

Verse 1:
living life like a
fallen power line
the smoke is rising and the sparks are flying all around
baby slow down

you're like a thunder storm
without the rainfall
black clouds of anger in your head keep exploding in the night
while your heart capsizes

Chorus:
I'm going to Carefree Arizona
Where i can lay my hands upon her
My love can calm this red-head down
I'm going to Carefree Arizona
with her head upon my shoulder
Soon everything is going to be allright...

Verse 2:
your're making dust storms
on the roadside
so much confusion flying is there any end in sight?
you're tunring day into night

There's no time
to clean my headlights
step on the gas and hope that I can make it to her alive
While my wheels are whining

Chorus:
I'm going to Carefree Arizona
Where i can lay my hands upon her
My love can calm this red-head down
I'm going to Carefree Arizona
as the moonlight falls upon us
Soon everything is going to be allright...

Bridge:
I when I see you
I'll make the stars align
catch every tear you cry
Throw back the curtains
you've pulled down in your mind
and show you clear blue skies I know its nearly impossible
but we should strive to live
like the name of this old town..

Chorus [outro]
carefree arizona
Soon everything is going to be allright...in carefree

Never Comin' Back Again

Written By: Bryan Clark

Never Coming Back Again

Verse:
run, run i've got to run
before they bring me down
i aint no native son
of this brass halo crowd

heard all the front porch lies
witnessed backwoods crimes
they all have special lenes
that peek though picket fences

they'll bleed your dreams into a tumbler glass

Chorus:
thats why i'm headed for that freeway
never gonna come back again.
yes i'm going out on that freeway
never gonna come back again.
never..come..back..again

Verse:
do what i say, not what i've done
that's what gets passed around
when living is that high-strung
you're always breaking down

secrets are ripe on the vine
and served up by dinner time
white lightnin' out in the still
with a bottonmless cup to fill

I'm throwin' stones into that hornet nest...

Chorus:
and then i'm headed for that freeway
I'm gonna be born again
yes i'm going out on that freeway
never gonna come back again.

Verse:
vanity is a guillotine
and everyone's in line
they just keep multiplying
and working overtime

its still a deadly sin
but think its allright
if you take their excuses
then you'll take their advice

I'm done with driving on dead end streets

Chorus:
and then i'm headed for that freeway
I'm gonna be born again
yes i'm going out on that freeway
never gonna come back again.
I'll say it again...
never..come..back..again

Discography

Bryan Clark Discography:
Nebraska House (2006) Rainfeather Records
Paint it Blue (2005) CMH Records
Mushka Water (2004) Rainfeather Records
Work Songs of Love (2004) Rainfeather Records
Green Day, Blue Grass (2004) CMH Records
Grass-Stains (2003) CMH Records
7 Secret Lives of Lucien Midnight (2002)Rainfeather Records
Cinncinatus at the Plow (2001)Rainfeather Records
Clear, Strong, Blue (2000) Rainfeather Records
Live in Austin (1999) Dark Street Records
Inward Glances (1998) Rainfeather Records

National Television and Film Experience as Composer/Performer:
"The Shot" (VH1 2007)
"America's Next Top Model" (2007 season)
“Lisa and Dweezil Show” (Food Network, 2004)
“History of the Automobile” (History Channel, 2003)
“Stanley Cup Quarter Finals” (ESPN, 2003)
“Golem” (Austin Music Network, 2002)
“Lie of the Mind” (LA Indie Film Festival, 2001)
“De Todo Un Poco” (Telemundo, 2000)

Airplay tracks:
Down in Flames
Love Has a Gravity
Angelyne
Postcards, Pictures, and Souvenirs
Nights Like These
Carefree Arizona

Songwriting Awards:
2nd place Unisong International Songwriting Contest:
"Love has a gravity"

Honarable Mention: 14th Annual Billbooard World Songwriting Contest "Love Has a Gravity" -pop

Finalist: John Lennon Songwriting Competition
"She Can't Breathe" - Country

Honor Award: Great American Songwriting Competition
"Runaway Train"

Winner: 2004 Mountain Valley Arts Festival "Runaway Train"

Finalist: 2004 Performing Songrwriter Magazine / Mountain Stage "Pupil Pen"

Set List

This is a BASIC set list:
1. Love has a Gravity
2. Angelyne
3. Down in Flames
4. Nights Like These
5. She sang Dixie
6. She Can't Breathe
7. Walls of Hell
8. God Won't Abandon Me
9. Ruscue Me
10. Kiss the Bride
11. Bumper to Bumper
12. Don't Blame Me
13. When the Whiskey and Your Memory Combine
14. All that Matters
15. Postcards, Pictures, and Souvenirs
16. Pupil Pen
17. Hollow Man
18. Runaway Train
19. Carefree Arizona
20. Gone
21. Never Comin' Back Again
22. Raven King
23. Unrequited
24. Fortune Begins
25. Lost and Found
many, many more - over 3 hours of music.

Covers - they are ecclectic.
everything from XTC, Elvis Costello, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Merle Travis, SRV.