Before this song was made famous by Tim McGraw, it was written by the very talented Bruce Robison. His wife Kelly Willis is also featured on the track – and is a fine singer/songwriter herself.
The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.
An acoustic cover of Calvin Russell’s Crossroads.
Just learned today that Calvin passed away back in April. I met Calvin some 20+ years ago at a concert. He graciously jammed with me after a show on a couple of old Gibson acoustic guitars. We did some of his songs, and we did covers of other Texas songwriters’ tunes.
Calvin was a fine man parading as a tough hombre. And in many ways, he was that tough hombre as well. But he took the time that night to be kind to a young fan from France, to share songs and conversations about guitars, whiskey and women.
I saw Calvin many more times play live after that, and a friendship developed, one that goes uncultivated for a while but remains simple and true.
You will be missed, my friend. Be well wherever you are.
You know anything about me, you know what a huge Jamey Johnson fan I am. And this particular song has always been one of my favorite. It is so evocative, so descriptive that I can’t help but be touched by it. Enjoy.