Monday, May 23, 2011

Harley Allen RIP

Harley Allen died recently. God bless him. He was an absolutely brilliant songwriter, author of The Baby, Stray Dogs and Alley Cats, Simple Life, Awful, Beautiful Life, The Little Girl, and many other famous and beautiful country songs. When my son Andy first came to Nashville, Harley gave him a break and included him in his band. He saw talent and supported it.  
This video was filmed at the mother church of bluegrass music, The Station Inn in Nashville. Harley was one of the funniest people I have ever met. Watching him on stage was a combination of Eddie Murphy and Mother Maybelle Carter. A concert with Harley was a participatory experience. It was impossible to attend without laughing yourself sick and sobbing in your beer. If there is any justice in Heaven, Harley made it in the back gate. At his funeral in Nashville, Andy played this song. May he rest in peace.
Stray Dogs and Alley Cats on You Tube
Lonesome River Band
The Baby
High Sierra

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