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This gospel-folk song about a man and his mule and a mirage in the desert was originally written by Canadian-born singer-songwriter Bob Nolan in 1936. Nolan was a founding member of the American cowboy singing group The Sons of the Pioneers who recorded this song in 1941 winning a Grammy Award for it.
Johnny Cash recorded the song many years later during his recording sessions with Rick Rubin and it was included on his posthumous 2010 American VI: Ain't No Grave album. Cash told Mojo magazine's Sylvie Simmons that this was "a song of the Pioneers, a song I've known since I was a tiny boy."
Vaughn Monroe, backed by The Sons of the Pioneers, recorded the best-selling version of this song in 1948. Other artists who have covered it include Frankie Laine and The Mellomen who took it to #2 on the British charts in 1955, Fleetwood Mac for the B-side to the single "Gypsy
" and Joni Mitchell with revised lyrics on her 1988 album, Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm
Joshua Scott Jones explains why he's always asking forgiveness from his musical partner, who's also his girlfriend.
Little Big Town
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As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
Tony Joe White
The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.