Songwriting legend Guy Clark doesn't merely compose songs; he projects images and characters with the kind of hands-on care and respect of a literary master. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail, and has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. The emotional level of his work, as well as the admiration and esteem of his peers, consistently transcends sales figures and musical genres. Using everyday language to construct extraordinary songs for more than 35 years, Clark continues to be the type of songwriter whom young artists study and seasoned writers, as well discriminating listeners, revere. Elizabeth Cook's 4th album, Balls is a bold declaration of an uncompromising artist unafraid to be exactly who she is. . Produced by Rodney Crowell, 9 of the album's 11 tracks are written or co-written by Elizabeth - including the brash anthem "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman" - and the album stands defiant in its devotion to smiles, tears and sexy, sassy swagger. It's a fiercely independent ride where shuffles, ballads and even the occasional juice harp can soar alongside an exquisite cover of The Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning." Balls is, quite simply, Elizabeth Cook's unabashed breakthrough.