John Paul Walters | Hondo's Lament

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Hondo's Lament

by John Paul Walters

"John Paul Walters is a talented song-poet whose music is tender and lyrical in a James Taylor kind of way." Robert Oermann, Nashville Music Critic
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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In case you didn't know, "Hondo Crouch was the 'Clown Prince of Luckenbach,' an entertainer of star quality who refused for years to make money from his comic gifts. He was rancher. A philosopher. A poet. A music man and inspiration for the hit song 'Let's Go To Luckenbach, Texas' by Waylon Jennings. Hondo Crouch was a true Texas folk hero." I moved out to the Hill Country of Texas the year after Hondo died. But my dear friend, Naomi Shihab Nye, introduced me to Hondo's daughter, Becky, and we were invited to spend a weekend at Hondo's ranch on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, TX. Hondo's spirit was alive and well that weekend. After sleeping in his bed, riding his horse, reading his poetry and some of his diary, I knew I wanted to pay tribute to this very special person with a very special song. I wrote the music and Naomi and I collaborated on the lyrics. With the help of Becky's husband, Dow Patterson, we recorded a simple demo with acoustic guitar, harmonies and a little fiddle, courtesy of Naomi. Incidentally, "Hondo's Lament" won First Place at the Kerrville Folk Festival that year. I have a photograph of Dow, Becky, Naomi, and me onstage performing the song. When I recorded this version at Jack's Track's studio in Nashville with sound engineer Mark Miller, Naomi wasn't able to make the trip to Music City. So the female harmony you hear is my wife, Jan, who I must say did an extraordinary job! I'm so glad this song found me. Hearing it never fails to take me back to some very happy times in the Hill Country of Texas and reminds me of those magical moments at Hondo's ranch. For a real treat, go to YouTube and search for "Luckenbach Moon" by Hondo Crouch. As Hondo used to say, "Now ain't that nearly a blessing!"



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