Best Country-Rock Pioneer We’re Going to Miss

Georgia-born and Alabama-raised, Steve Young was a disaffected Southerner who felt more at home in California than he did in his native land. A philosophical outlaw singer and songwriter, Young gained a measure of fame — and fortune — when the Eagles covered his “Seven Bridges Road,” but their version was lifted from folk singer Iain Matthews’ 1973 arrangement. Young also wrote “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean,” recorded by Waylon Jennings. A brave experimenter, Young recorded an album with synthesizers, 1990’s Long Time Rider, and remained a somewhat underrated rebel to the end. He died in Nashville on March 17. EDD HURT

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