Posted Nov 10 2018

Song Of The Week - Jackson C Frank - Blues Run The Game

Jackson C Frank made only one album in his lifetime. He was an expat American folk singer when he recorded it in London in 1965, produced by Paul Simon, a fellow American friend he had met on the London folk circuit. As Simon’s star subsequently rose, Frank’s burned dimmer, with the singer-songwriter eventually finding himself either homeless or institutionalised.

His beautiful album opened with the song Blues Run The Game, a classic later covered by Simon & Garfunkel, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Counting Crows, John Mayer and more. It was used as a recurring them throughout the hit show This Is Us, and now finds itself brilliantly used at the denouncement of David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun. It becomes, in essence, the swansong for Robert Redford’s character in what may well be Redford’s own cinematic swansong. A beautiful elegy beautifully soundtracked.

But enough of our yakking – Hit “Play” already. Damn!


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