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May 15, 2011 / John Sieger

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Duane Jarvis, who everyone called D.J., lived and worked in Nashville in the ’90s when I was there. He played and wrote with everybody and was a funny, friendly cat that everybody liked. Sadly, he left this world two years ago, a victim of colon cancer. One of my favorite songs he co-wrote is called A Girl That’s Hip, written with Tim Carroll, another very witty Nashville guy. He helped Lucinda Williams write Still I Long For Your Kiss. Working with him on this song, I learned a lot. He was all business—filling the margins of his notebook with possible lines and rhymes and generally paying real close attention to the song. I have a real clear memory of us cutting this demo in the sort-of-finished upstairs of the Sieger house on Murphy Road. He plays the trem guitar through an old Fender Vibro-Champ I used to own. Listen to his playing. There is nothing fancy, but there is also nothing wrong. It’s tricky adding parts to a song without distracting from the feel. Because D.J. tended to do this well, he worked a lot as a sideman on both guitar and bass. It’s a shame he had to leave us so soon, I would have loved to have had chance to work on some more songs.

© 2011 John Sieger/Duane Jarvis


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