Wiliam Clark Green shares songs about small towns in Fort Smith show | Pages Da

William Clark Green was one of many musicians who went on a path of self-discovery during the covid lockdown.

“Before covid, 2019 was our biggest touring year. And I was so buried and dedicated to work,” says the 35-year-old country/Americana musician. “I’ve been doing this since I was 22 years old. I’ve been on the road full-time, so I didn’t really know what it was like not to be.”

Right now, Green is back on the road sharing his original songs. The native Texan returns to Arkansas for a Dec. 2 show at TempleLive in Fort Smith.

“It’s amazing,” Green says of the tour so far. — It has been really fun.

Clark began touring and playing shows before even finishing college, releasing her album “Rose Queen” in 2012 with two chart-topping singles, “It’s About Time” and “She Likes the Beatles.” He released “Ringling Road” in 2015. Both of his early albums dealt with Texas towns, a theme that has continued in his current work.

He says the time off from touring gave him a chance to focus on his wife and child and writing his sixth album, “Baker Hotel,” which was released March 25.

The title track refers to an actual hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas, which looks remarkably like the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs.

“Everybody in this area knows about the hotel and how it’s haunted,” he says of the Baker Hotel. “Everyone has wanted to break in to get to the top.” The song is “silly, fun and lighthearted,” he says, adding that “if anything needed a picture, that song did.” For the video, he says his influences were Norman Rockwell, “The Sand Lot” and the Halloween favorite, “Monster Mash.”

Green makes two appearances in the video, which opens with three teenage boys trick-or-treating and then toilet-papering a house as a neighbor, played by Green, successfully guesses everyone but a suit and kicks a gossiping kid off his porch. After toilet papering a house, the boys dare each other to enter the haunted hotel. The leader of the trio is coming in and we won’t spoil the rest.

“It was the hotel itself, which was really cool that they allowed us to do that,” Green adds of the video’s setting. The site was undergoing renovations when they filmed the video, and it turns out the contractor/owner was a big fan of Greens who had been to several of his shows.

“It was just kind of a weird twist of fate,” says Green. “We actually recorded a live record there as well. It will be released soon.”

Videos for two of the album’s other songs, “All You Got” and “Best Friends”, were also filmed in Mineral Wells and feature the same cast as the Baker Hotel video.

“We shot all three music videos in seven days,” adds Green.

Both songs are a reflection of what Green found truly meaningful during the covid lockdown – love and friendship.

He wrote “Best Friends” with one of his real friends, Jake Freeman. He says he didn’t expect the track to make the album, but it stood out as a great song. Plus the topic was unusual – friendship between men.

“There are different songs of military brotherhood, but not just your typical everyday friendships,” he says. “What I try to do the most is write songs that haven’t been written, right? Try to do things that have never been done before. That’s where you get ‘Ringling Road’ and ‘Baker Hotel’ and songs like that Try to be that original as possible. That’s kind of like my goal in the music business.”

Photo William Clark Green pauses in front of the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas. Green wrote a song and filmed a video inside the hotel, which the Arkansas Gazette reports is a close replica of the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. Green performs at 8pm on December 2nd at TempleLive in Fort Smith. Tickets are $15-$29. (Courtesy photo/ Zack Knudsen)


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