Task #1: Happy New Year! Even though we're into a new year, we're still in the midst of wrapping up the "Songs of 2017" series, with a few entries yet to come.
Task #2: A hearty thank you to Larry Aydlette, who tipped me off to "Way Out West," the record on which tonight's two songs appear. It's one of the year's best, and manages in the span of 45 or so minutes to evoke everyone from Tom Petty to Marty Robbins to The Grateful Dead. Well worth your time and listen.
First up, "Old Mexico":
To these ears, it sounds like the follow up to "El Paso" that Marty Robbins never got around to recording.
And second, "Time Don't Wait," a flat-out rocker that would have sounded just fine being played by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers:
"Old Mexico" and "Time Don't Wait," Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.