It is Willie Nelson who has defined the best of country music for decades of fans, but it was songwriter Harlan Howard who best defined what country music is when he called it succinctly “Three chords and the truth.” Though that might be the Country Music Hall of Famer’s most quoted line…
Many know the “perfect Country & Western song” is “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” performed by David Allan Coe, and written by Steve Goodman. Or at least, that’s how David Allan Coe and Steve Goodman presented it. But what many don’t know is that John Prine was a co-writer of the song.
Arlo Guthrie, Billy Sherrill, David Allan Coe, David Loggins, Guy Clark, Jerry Wexler, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Mickey Newbury, Paul Anka, Roger Ebert, Steve Goodman, Sturgill Simpson, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson
Hubbard was as important as anybody in the formation of the Austin music scene, but he was unfortunate enough to record his marquee release in Nashville. In a classic story involving Music Row, once MCA was done adding their over-produced elements to Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies, Ray and The Twinkies wanted nothing to do with it.