The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music

Tamara Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break—in uplifting memoir

Foreword by Kris Kristofferson

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Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable happiness in the music industry. The Music City resident works with legendary songwriters (Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson) and produces celebrated tribute albums (This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, 2012’s Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year). She’s won a Grammy  (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster). She’s been a well-known music journalist (Country Music Magazine) and television producer (Great American Country). Right now Saviano is deep into writing an in-depth biography of Guy Clark. Her life is good.

It was not always the case. The 53-year-old Wisconsin native worked though chaos and sorrow on her way to personal and professional fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by Kristofferson, The Most Beautiful Girl tells Saviano’s story, a heartbreaking yet uplifting memoir of a daughter, her father, and the healing power of music.

The book opens with a scene at Johnny Cash’s funeral when Saviano is struck with grief about unfinished business with her father. Robert Ruditys died two years before Cash, and hadn’t spoken to his only daughter for more than a decade before that.

Sadness and regret lead Saviano on a journey to rediscover her father and examine the lost relationship with a man she once loved. Through an unstable childhood, a turbulent young adulthood and finally on a path to freedom, Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break.

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This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark Nominated for GRAMMY for Best Folk Album

This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark

2012 Americana Album of the Year, This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, has been nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY Award for Best Folk Album.  The awards will be handed out at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lovingly produced by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano—who is also working with Clark on his definitive biography—and frequent Clark co-writer Shawn Camp, the tribute includes 30 tracks by 33 Americana artists who are friends and colleagues of Clark or who have been influenced by his remarkable compositions. The collection was mixed and mastered by Austin engineer Fred Remmert. Part of the proceeds benefit the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Guy Clark’s poetry resonates deeply with his fellow songwriters.

“Guy’s songs are literature,” says Lyle Lovett, among the venerable artists who eagerly gathered for This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. “The first time I heard Guy Clark, I thought it made everything I’d heard up to that point something other than a song. His ability to translate the emotional into the written word is extraordinary.”