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Remembering the Man who wrote, the best train John Prine song ever heard – Steve Goodman on his birthday – July 25, 1948!

Steve Goodman

So back in 1971 I found the music of John Prine. The liner notes on his début album were written by Kris Kristofferson whose music I knew and whose opinion I respected, I had also read great things about the album, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the album. That album started a 42 year and still continuing  love affair with John’s music. A year later, I read the following on the back on another début album:

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Today’s Album: Steve Goodman – Jessie’s Jig and Other Favorites!!

Jessie's Jig and Other Favoirtes

Jessie's Jig and Other FavoirtesThis morning I was thinking about what to use for the morning music and one of the songs that popped into my head was one of my all time favorites, Steve Goodman’s version of Michael Smith’s poignant “The Dutchman”. Then I thought no, how about Steve’s version of “Mama Don’t Allow”  Yeah, that’s what I use! I went to YouTube and found the video and watched it. As I was watching, I thought about the book Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd. I used to read my kids way back when.. The book had been featured on the show Reading Rainbow (starring a young Levar Burton),  and everyone in our house loved it!! I found and  watched portions of the show on Vimeo. (lucky for Peter that Andrew didn’t get to name him, or his name would have been Levar Sam Karn!!)

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Today in Music – 1948 – Steve Goodman’s Birthday…

Steve Goodman

Steve GoodmanSo back in 1971 I found the music of John Prine. The liner notes on his début album were written by Kris Kristofferson whose music I knew and whose opinion I respected, I had also read great things about the album, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the album. That album started a 42 year and still continuing  love affair with John’s music. A year later, I read the following on the back on another début album:

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An Evening and Morning with Steve Goodman – Jesse’s Jig

So on the way to Target last night I was going to listen to Rod Picott’s new album. However, when I went to search for the album I passed Steve Goodman’s album Jessie’s Jig and Other Favorites and since the album is one of my favorites I thought I’d check in for a visit. I was glad I did soon I was singing along to Steve and Jimmy Buffett’s “Door Number Three” and John Prine’s “Blue Umbrella” and then listening in awe to Michael Smith’s “Spoon River” (Hope he got paid for the use of this one). Well, those songs got me to work. The rest of the CD brought me home. The instrumental title track “Jessie’s Jig” started the trip and was followed by Steve’s great cover of an oft covered song “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” from Wikipedia:

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