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Album: Jerry Jeff WalkerReleased: 1972
This song was written by Jerry Jeff Walker's fellow Texan songwriter, Guy Clark, who released his own version in 1975. It was a fitting song for Walker, who had recently left New York for Austin, where he would make his home. Clark wrote the song after a falling out with his landlord in Los Angeles, which prompted his move to Nashville. The song did well on FM radio and helped establish Clark as a songwriter. He went on to write songs that were recorded many artists, including Johnny Cash, Vince Gill
and Jimmy Buffett.
When we spoke with Clark in 2011, it was clear that his stance on Los Angeles hadn't changed. "I'm glad I'm not there, for sure," said Clark. "I mean, who would choose that? It's just too maddening for my taste." (Here's our full interview with Guy Clark