Tom T. Hall is an amazing songwriter
I mentioned Tom T Hall a few weeks ago and there were no takers
Timely that he should get a mention now though, as I got his 'In Search Of A Song'/'The Rhymer And Other Five And Dimers' 2 for 1 CD yesterday. It's great, and for anyone who hasn't heard his stuff I can not only thoroughly recommend it, but I'd like to add that for me he's simply one of the great lyric writers of all time. As Joe Henry points out in the liner notes of Real (which is the tribute album with the megaupload link above) the amount he tells you about a character or situation in under 3 minutes (most of Tom's songs are short) is astounding. The weird thing is the lyrics don't sound detailed, there's very little 'fat' on the words, he just seems to be able to say a lot (and usually something poignant) with some broad strokes. Fantastic. Like Dylan, there are some great gags in there too.