Roy Clark

Honky Tonk

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Honky Tonk reissues nine of Roy Clark's Capitol recordings from the early '60s. Clark made a few hits during this period, but none are included; guitar instrumentals dominate the program, and the only vocal track is "Spooky Movies," a rock & roll novelty. Clark's instrumentals from this period sound more like rock with a slight jazz influence than country -- "Hold It," for example, strikes a guitar-and-organ groove that is closer to John Patton than Hee Haw. Many of the songs are traditional or country oldies such as "Worried Mind," "Frankie and Johnny Blues," and "Blues Stay Away From Me," but Clark also tackles Bill Doggett's instrumental R&B classic "Honky Tonk." Interesting but uncharacteristic.

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