“I wrote this song about two Mexican bandits I saw on the TV two weeks after I wrote this song.” – Townes Van Zandt, about the song Pancho & Lefty.
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.
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!