“Songwriting… there’s no wrong way to do it.” –Sturgill Simpson.
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.