Kerry Patrick Clark will quickly tell you that his amazing talent is a gift, one that he does not take for granted. The opportunities he has been afforded over his life – from the guitar that inspired his father to teach him the gift of music, his years touring with the New Christy Minstrels in the mid ’80s, to the life experiences that inspire him to wear his heart on on his guitar strings today, there is no doubt his talent is indeed a gift.
It is fitting then, that Kerry takes a moment to produce an album that reflects on those experiences, and offers commentary on experiences we all encounter in our daily lives. That is exactly what he does in his latest album, In A Perfect World.
At the recent 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, Kerry took a moment from his extremely busy schedule (not only as conference registrar but as a performing musician at the conference) to talk with us about this latest project. Prior to the opening of our Private Showcase room for the final night at the conference, he sat down with Music Director Kathy Forste and Artist Relastions Director Kathleen Coleman to share his thoughts. They talked about the challenges of being a parent and husband, while also being an on-the-road musician, as well as his decision to make music his career. Kerry reveals to us that art IS work, and that parenting can be an art form! We also get a “sneek peak” into a new Christmas album that he plans to release next year.