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 The Music Scene
BRIANA HIPPS/ SPECIAL TO THE COMMUNITY NEWS
Stacy Clark’s album “River Trip,” released in the fall of 2018, features an eclectic mix of songs written since 2000.
The last decade has seen an enormous boom in the Parker County music scene.
It is now easy to find a live show. Places like Antebellum Ale House offer an intimate patio experience, while more formal venues like the Texas Opry House host larger shows. Opportunities abound for local artists looking for gigs and exposure.
“When I first started play- ing in Parker County, back in like 2011, pretty much the only place to play was Railhead
(in Willow Park),” said Stacy Clark, a singer/songwriter who lives and performs in Parker County and elsewhere. “Now, there are opportunities every- where.”
Clark, a former Fire Captain/EMT with the Fort Worth Fire Department, released an album, “River Trip,” in the fall of 2018. He said the album is all over the place stylistically, including
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“There’s a line in the song that says ‘I don’t want to be cooped up inside,’ and that’s how I really feel.”
More and more, he’s look- ing to the outdoors for song ideas.
Clark’s music is a family affair. He has a song called “Happy Wild and Free” that includes three of his grandchil- dren. He says his family is a big inspiration for his writing. His daughter is a singer and the reason he got into playing guitar so heavily was to work with her.
“There’s a line in the song that says ‘I don’t want to be cooped up inside,’ and that’s how I really feel,” Clark said.
Clark said Parker County is a good place to call home for a musician.
old-time folk Americana, alter- native rock, and Buddy-Holly- style late 50s rock. It even concludes with the first praise song Clark has written.
“The unifying theme would probably be pop folk Americana,” Clark said. “I picked the songs I’ve written that I thought the most people would like. I’ve been writing songs for this since 2000.
“I said to myself ‘I need to just do this and get it record- ed.’”
- Stacy Clark
Clark’s band name, River Trip, came from the title of an email he got from his mother, proving the creative spark can strike any time.
“I’m a kayaker and a fisher-
man and I spend a lot of time
on the water,” he said. “I start-
ed thinking about the idea of
floating down the Guadalupe
with friends, having fun, and
also the idea of kayaking alone,
which is quieter. And I took it
from there.” - Rosealee Hofman
Your Parker County www.yourparkercounty.com
“I write a lot of songs and
I love to share them,” he said. “Someday I hope to just go
on the road, me and a couple guitars, and take my music out there.”



































































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