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In this song Jackson Browne sings about letting loose his fun-loving, country side in an effort to improve relations with his lady. This alter ego was based on his real "Redneck Friend" - Gregg Allman. Browne was a huge fan of The Allman Brothers Band.
Elton John played piano on this track. He didn't have a US work permit at the time so he was credited as "Rockaday Johnny." Other musicians on the song were Doug Haywood on bass, Jim Keltner on drums, David Lindley on slide guitar, and Glenn Frey on harmony vocals. The previous year, Brown gave Frey the song that became the first single for the Eagles: "Take It Easy
A track from Jackson Browne's second album, this was his third single.
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
Dean Friedman - "Ariel"
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