#AprilCountry: April 1st, “Reasons to Quit” Merle Haggard / Willie Nelson

For April, I’m going to post various country songs… perhaps after the intensity of #ChoralMarch a more earthy turn is needed.

I remember reading about Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout talking about “Faron Young”, the opening track of Steven McQueen, and named after a country legend who sadly killed himself a few years back. McAloon said that at the time he wondered how country music steeped in the imagery and placenames of the American West was so popular in the seemingly wildly different industrial North of England; years later he realised it was because it was emotionally and lyrically direct, which transcends whatever trappings.

So here is Reasons To Quit, an outlaw country duet on kicking the habit:

 

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