A Song From Your Favorite Songwriter.
Here are the staff picks:
Leeann Ward: “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” – Darrell Scott
A modern masterpiece.
Dan Milliken: “Restless” – Robert Lee Castleman (performed by Alison Krauss & Union Station)
No one writes individualist cud-chew better than Castleman, and no one sings it better than Krauss. Each new pairing of theirs is a gift to all over-thinkers with secret over-feeling streaks, those who revel in connection but resent constraint, who ask only for honesty because that’s all they themselves can promise sometimes.
Tara Seetharam: “Cowboy Take Me Away” – Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel (performed by Dixie Chicks)
I don’t really have a favorite songwriter, but I guess Marcus Hummon is the closest thing. I won’t even try to speak more poignantly about this song than Dan did back when we counted down the greatest singles of the 90s; he nails its transcendental sparkle that makes it more than just another love song.
Kevin Coyne: “Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind” – Dolly Parton
Writing great songs for more than forty years. What’s amazing isn’t so much how great she still is, but how great she’s been all along, as this early track demonstrates.