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Dec. 10: We do country music here, and this number is pretty danged country. Not the sound so much; a Tom T. Hall record from 1971 more or less resembles anything else coming out of Nashville at that time. But listen to the words. The Kentucky hospital patient who’s the main character richly describes a scene that’s as rural as they come: a hog farm. I’ve said too much already; just give it a spin.

The lyrical richness is typical of a Tom T. composition. There’s a reason he’s known as “The Storyteller,” you know. It’s that ability, probably more than his career as a performer and recording artist, that put him in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. (Read his profile page here.)

“Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs?” is from the album In Search of a Song, the result of a trip Hall took to his native Kentucky to gather subject material. The album’s hit single was one of Hall’s biggest, “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.” But there are so many good tales on the album, I wanted to feature one a little less known. Enjoy.