The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Ken Nelson dead at 96
When Legends Gather # 343

Sherrif Tex Davis, Ken Nelson and Gene Vincent.

My thanks to Testify for sending me this image, drawing my attention to who he was and that he passed away on Sunday.

Read the obituary from The Tennessean here.


swac said...

Sad loss for sure, I have a lot of records with the Ken Nelson touch (Speedy West comes to mind, as well as Gene, Merle and Buck, of course).

There's a more indepth piece on him (not an obit) worth reading here, with some choice photos as well.

That Guy said...

Pivotal figure in American culture.