Iris Dement is a true treasure. She writes beautiful songs, has a unique and extremely evocative voice and is a great duet partner as exemplified by her work with John Prine, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Emmylou Harris, etc…
This song, Our Town, is plaintive and sad, yet tells a story through the eyes of a person struck wit loss and an overall belief that all good things come to an end.
In this video, we are also treated to the fine dobro playing of Jerry Douglas, maybe the best exponent of that instrument of all times.
This song means a lot to me for many reasons. First, it was written by Townes. In a dream. He dreamt that he was a songwriter/folk singer one night, and that’s the song he wrote in his dream.
Secondly, it’s a song I play live, but only with my good buddy Mark, who sings harmony with me on it. He does it so beautifully, it’s a gift he gives me every time we do it.
And just because I love this version of the song by Emmylou Harris & Steve Earle, here it is:
Steve Earle belongs in the same conversation as his hero, Townes Van Zant, for the quality and quantity of incredible songs he’s written over the years.
This is the first song written for Steve Earle that really touched me and captivated me, and I play it live regularly.
In this video, he is joined by the ever-wonderful Emmylou Harris.
Guy Clark, in the rich tradition of incredible Texas songwriters is responsible for more beautiful songs than I can count. Dublin Blues is one of my favorites of his, especially with the wonderful Emmylou Harris joining Mr. Clark in this live rendition. Enjoy!