Red Dirt Girl

One of the longest concerts we ever attended was at the now defunct Rainbow Concert Music Hall in Denver. In 1999, the place was shuttered and converted into a Walgreens, but in the nine-years it was open, the unassuming little concert hole-in-the-wall-venue saw talent ranging from Bob Dylan and R.E.M to Black Flag and U2.

She must have been “in the zone” on the night we saw Emmylou Harris play at the Rainbow because she played and played and played. She sang and strummed and beguiled us for hours, her voice never failing her.





Unfortunately for us, “Red Dirt Girl”  hadn’t been written yet, but at least we can enjoy it now. The album from which it comes was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and though the song isn’t expressly about a dog, anytime a purebred dog is written into lyrics, we’re on it!

Me and my best friend Lillian
And her Bluetick Hound dog Gideon
Sittin’ on the front porch coolin’ in the shade
Singing every song the radio played
Waiting for the Alabama sun to go down
Two red dirt girls in a red dirt town
Me and Lillian
Just across the line
And a little southeast of Meridian

You can see and hear this legend sing the song below:

What’s your favorite song that includes a purebred dog?

Image: “Bluetick Coonhound in Graphite” by Barbara Keith

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