Click to listen

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Oct. 4: There’s an alt-country blogger in Minneapolis-St. Paul named Jack Sparks who calls this the ultimate country self-pity song. He might be right. But it’s without question one of the great country records, marked by the soulful voice of Gene Watson and the mournful steel guitar of Lloyd Green. The first note and the last note are Green’s, and we play it today in honor of the Steel Guitar Hall of Famer’s 72nd birthday.

Lloyd Green

Lloyd Green

A Gene Watson fan site includes two pages germane to this discussion: one about the Reflections album, and one about Lloyd Green. Also check out this recent feature on Green by Rich Kienzle, and this lament from a steel guitar fan: Where the heck is the instrument in current country music?

— Kevin Paulk, 3 Chords a Day

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