It's rare for me to devote an entire column to a single song—although I once did so for Joni Mitchell's "Amelia"—but in this case it's a song by a singer whose name is not very well-known and whose name I want to make known.Choctaw Bingo.mp3
His name is James McMurtry, and that—his name—initially presented an obstacle to my appreciating his work. I've been intrigued by McMurtry ever since my girlfriend came back from a trip to the far reaches of inner America. She'd heard this song—and other great McMurtry cuts—while driving long stretches of West Texas and Oklahoma. When she played me McMurtry's masterpiece "Choctaw Bingo," I couldn't stop thinking about it.
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