Daily Song Study

The Insiders – Long Black Veil

In songs on November 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

This is one of those songs everyone knows, but bears remembering from time to time.

It was written in 1959 by Danny Dill & Marijohn Wilkin, and first popularized by Lefty Frizzell. This goes back a bit to our discussion of the rise of folk music in the 1950s, because Frizzell released the tune specifically to get out of his country pigeonhole and get some crossover folk fans.

I posted this version because it was done by The Insiders, a group primarily operated by Chad & Reggie Rueffer, the latter having appeared on some of my own recordings. The brothers first made a name for themselves with their rock bands Mildred in the ’80s and Spot in the ’90s, and now with the Insiders do the full-on country thing. They help prove the value of trying on many hats, the better to understand the inter-relationship between them all. Their version is appropriately spooky, sad, and heartfelt, both vocally and instrumentally.

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