In this episode, I take apart one of my own songs, and I show you, from sharing the personal anecdote that lead to the decision to write the song, how the general tone of the song was selected, and why some specific word/line choices were made…
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.