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Rex Remembering Bruce Utah Phillips (17) RE: Remembering Bruce Utah Phillips 01 Jul 08

I've been in New Mexico for a time and away from computers. My elder son and I were listening to a rather worn tape of "Good Though" that we play during long road trips. The next day I learned that Utah had taken the great railway to heaven. I loved how he would put the sounds of the steam trains in between the songs. I met with some other musicians in Denver before this latest trip and we were recalling Utah. We sang the "Goodnight-Loving Trail". Roz Brown, Harry Tuft and others were recalling when Utah would stay with them during his Denver visits. He knew how to enjoy himself. Back when I was just starting to run around with other pickers, just out of school, I first heard the "Goodnight-Loving Trail" and fell in love with it. I was kind of dissappointed to learn that Utah had written it. I was sure it had been written by some cowpuncher in the early 1900s. I guess that's a pretty good tribute to the song.


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