Drive-By Truckers close their English Oceans album with this emotional elegy for Craig Lieske, a longtime member of the band's touring family. (He was credited as "assistant" on Go-Go Boots). Lieske died suddenly of a heart attack in January 2013 following the first night of the band's three-night homecoming stand in Athens. "I probably wrote it in 15 minutes," Patterson Hood said. "It wasn't any kind of a conscious thing. It's the most important song of mine on the record. I wrote new songs to go with it. It recalibrated something. It became a totally different record for me than the record I thought we were going to make."
Drive-By Truckers had to go on tour two days after Lieske's death with his empty bunk on the bus. Hood told Uncut magazine: "It was brutal and I wrote 'Grand Canyon' for him."
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."