Song Premiere: Randy Lewis Brown’s “One Horse Town”

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Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Randy Lewis Brown’s “One Horse Town” from his upcoming release Red Crow (Berkalin Records), produced by Merel Bregante at Cribworks Audio in Texas. Bregante was named CMA’s Producer of the Year in 2018, producing all but one of that year’s winning albums. Red Crow is Randy Lewis Brown on acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals, Michael Dorian on electric guitar (Sarah Pierce Band), Riley Osborne on Hammond B3, Mark Epstein on bass, Dirje Childs on cello, Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly) on fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, with Sarah Pierce on harmony vocals.

This is the lead track on the album for very good reason: it’s a standout. The protagonist sits on the front porch watching a horse decay in a field, while he sits there in a rocking chair “watching it fade away.” He can’t fathom leaving even as “the store is boarded up and the young folks have moved away… and the graveyard is all that grows down here.” The music is a buildup to a truly great guitar solo and chilling harmonies. Red Crow is an album of resolve and the poetic ache of realizing life’s finitude.

This song  did not require extended contemplation but instead almost magically appeared as co-writer (Richard Paul Thomas) and I sat down with the image of a buzzard circling above a dying town. With that image the song wrote itself in one 2 hour setting. Sometimes we get lucky. — Randy Lewis Brown

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5 thoughts on “Song Premiere: Randy Lewis Brown’s “One Horse Town”

  1. I love what I do. Working with Randy…a dream. His songs. His attitude. His belief…the same as mine…that if given a chance a song will tell you what it wants to become. End of the day, as a player…as an engineer…as a producer…they all became…AS A FRIEND.

    Y’all…don’t let this one get away. It is far better than you can begin to imagine.

    Peace to the world through music,

    Merel Bregante
    Liberty Hill, Texas

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