Guy Clark, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year, was an American country and folk singer-songwriter from Texas. He was described as ‘a king of the Texas troubadours’.
He has released more than twenty albums and his songs have been covered and recorded by numerous artists, such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Emmylou Harris and many more.
L.A. Freeway appears on his 1975 debut album ‘Old No.1’. and is one of the songs that helped launch his career.
The song has a simple progression and uses only three chords in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the second fret.
It features a beautiful signature fingerpicking melody in the intro, which keeps appearing throughout the verses as well.
Keep in mind, Guy Clark has been playing this song for over 40 years. Even though he keeps the melody mostly in the same places, he does play through the arrangement randomly and a very free style. Anyone trying to tackle this song is encouraged to do the same.