I frequently hear people complain about the quality of music these days, most especially the music coming out of Nashville that passes for Country.  A legitimate complaint, I suppose, but if you’re a serious music fan and you’re willing to dig a little deeper, there’s GREAT music out there.  Verlon Thompson is probably best known for being Guy Clark’s side man for many years but he’s an amazing songwriter and picker in his own right.  I recently saw two of his performances at the Kerrville Folk Festival in early June and I’m here to tell you, the man gets it done!  He also has a television series on Amazon Prime called Barnegie Hall (see what he did there).  Each episode, he hosts outstanding songwriters from Nashville who actually write amazing stuff (one episode includes the incomparable Suzi Boggus and her husband and master songwriter, Doug Crider).  If you’re looking to renew your faith in music, Google Verlon Thompson and check out his work.  By the way, I had the privilege of hanging out with Verlon in Kerrville over ten years ago and I promise you, the way he comes across on TV (friendly, folksy, funny) is EXACTLY the way he is in person.  One of the Good Guys. And while you’re on the internet…in fact, if you’re reading this, you’re on my website…check out my latest book, The Lights of Cimarron.

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