Friday Music Break (1)

A bunch of tunes clogging up my brain the last couple of days…so I’ll start with one of those that I stumbled upon by a chain of Youtube associations:  from a Steve Earle cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty,” to a version from the singers I heard do that great song first, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, to the song below.

Now, I’m usually suspicious of supergroup confections, and the lyric being sung is synthetic, by which I mean that unless you believe that the singer has found a way to inhabit the  generic characters of the song, it’s just another pop anthem, faux populism of the sort that the GOP is famous for.

But then  you get Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson (reminding us what a commanding singer he can be when he isn’t acting as badly as he can), Merle Haggard, and last and first, the man in black himself, Johnnie Cash.  They get to talk this talk because (a) they’re great artists and (b) they have indeed walked the walk.

I’m in a youtube music mood today, so expect a few more in this vein of roots music….

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