The other day I received an email from some mailing list I must have signed up to sometime and forgotten all about.
It was from Team Kristofferson, telling me that although Kris had taken the decision to retire last year (a little overdue in my opinion, given his very sad inability to remember some of the wonderful lyrics he had written when performing live), I should be assured that there were some projects underway and they were going through all of his demos and unreleased material.
Plus, a link to Kristofferson’s website, where you can stream all of his back catalogue, via Apple, Spotify or Amazon, here: Discography – Kris Kristofferson
So I figured this was as good enough a reason to post something by the great man myself which I may or may not have posted previously, I can’t be bothered to check:
This week, I have been mildly obsessed with Billy Bragg. For three reasons.
Firstly, apropos of nothing, I had this, an extra track on his You Woke Up My Neighbourhood CD single, as an earworm for a few days:
Secondly, because as long-term readers may recall, a load of my vinyl inexplicably vanished a few years ago, stolen either by an ex-flatmate who did a runner, or by some unsavoury types invited back from a ropey local pub and left unsupervised by later flatmates, and amongst the records lost was my entire collection of Billy’s records.
This week, all for the princely sum of £15.00 + P&P (a bargain!), I (re)purchased Brewing Up With…, Life’s a Riot with Spy vs. Spy, and a 12″ single of this, :
…which of course includes this on the B-side, guitar courtesy of Mr Johnny Marr:
Billy Bragg – Walk Away Renee
Thirdly, because, to cheer myself up, I bought this bad boy:
No offence to Mr Bragg, but I bet you can guess which of the three tunes I still cannot play.
Nobody plays guitar like Johnny Marr.