Last weekend I was able to spend some time on a mountain retreat with 3 of the men I trust most in this world. Overall, I feel that the weekend was a much-needed break from the stress and struggles of the real world.
Topics of the weekend conversation of course included music. KD feels that Willie Nelson has a whiny voice. He also stated that Willie and Merle’s version of “Pancho and Lefty” was better than that of Townes Van Zandt. Of course, I totally disagreed with both of those statements. One Willie’s voice is nasally not whiny, but that is what makes him Willie. Secondly, I usually almost always defer back to the original version of a song as the best… Especially if that original version happens to be written by Townes Van Zandt. I have said it a dozen times, and I will say it again. Townes Van Zandt singing “Pancho and Lefty” is the best, hands down, no argument.
All of this came from a guy who wants the Joe Diffie song, “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox” played at his funeral. KD’s taste in music isn’t all bad, I will say that he does like George Strait and he thinks Guns n Roses is still a bad ass band. As for me the Townes version of “Dead Flowers” shall be my funeral march.
I did have to explain to the group about Dean Dillon. Without Dean Dillon, George Strait would not be the king he is today. This might be the exception to my above mentioned rule. The one about deferring to the original artist. For example, “The Chair.” Written by Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran on some boat out in the Bahamas. George Straits version of that song is the best, hands down, no argument.
“The Chair” is a song written by Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in August 1985 as the first single from Strait’s album Something Special”- WIKIPEDIA
IF there had been no Townes Van Zandt, then there would have been no Pancho and Lefty. HAD there been no Dean Dillon, George Strait would not be the King of Country Music.
Hank Cochran came up with one of the greatest lines ever in a country song in “The Chair.” Willie Nelson composed the guitar rift in the final line.
According to Cochran:
“Willie won’t mind”Hank Cochran
Hank Cochran actually convinced the record label he was working for to sign Willie Nelson, which gave him his start in Country music. Of course when Hank borrowed a few chords, Willie didn’t mind.
In the words of the great Hank Cochran from the song lyrics of “The Chair.”
Well thank you, could I drink you a buy?
Oh listen to me, what I mean is can I buy you a drink?
Anything you please.