I posted this on YouTube a few months ago, but I’m adding onto this site as well.  If you’ve seen it, you can keep scrolling.  If not, stop and listen.

This is a cover of a song by the great Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen, Jr.  Keen is an underrated songwriter who has a marvelous ability to describe small towns, rural life, and ordinary people.  At his best, he is capable of writing deeply poetic lyrics that gave a real insight into the human condition.  This song is my favorite of his.  His portrayal of Mariano reminds me of countless guys I’ve known over the years:  hardworking men trying to make a better life for themselves and their families despite their circumstances.

Fifteen years ago, I was playing open mic nights in Oklahoma City a couple of times a week.  This song was a pretty regular feature in my set.

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