'I don't believe cowboys listen to country music anymore:' Texas troubadour William Clark Green on ghosts and migration

Jake Iverson

When you talk to William Clark Green, you know you’re getting the truth. The man does not hold back. 

Which doesn’t mean he’s confrontational. Green is warm and funny, quick to laugh at himself and share the brand of world weary wisdom with an ornery streak he’s gained from spending the last decade plus on the road.

He shares those wisdoms through songs. Lots of them. Green has lent his pen and his warm baritone to six records, each dedicated to telling the story of his native Texas. The most recent of which, “Baker Hotel,” was released in March of 2022. 

But it sounds perfectly at home in the fall. The title song could fit right in at any Halloween party, complete with spooky organ and creepy lyrics, challenging the listener to climb to the top of the Baker Hotel, a once swanky spa in Mineral Wells, Texas, now long abandoned and fallen into disrepair. 

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