South Dakota singer/songwriter Jami Lynn's "Texas" is spartan in arrangement but big in simple beauty.
About a month ago, South Dakota's own Jami Lynn released her sophomore LP, Fall Is a Good Time to Die. Six years in the making, the record is both a tribute to her home state and a fine collection of folk tunes in the vein of the best Americana. Below you can stream the pastoral "Texas", whose spare arrangement -- voice, banjo, and mandolin -- puts Lynn front and center.
Lynn tells PopMatters about the story behind the song's title, "In the spring of 2012, members of my family rented an RV and stole my grandmother from hospice in southern Texas and brought her home to her farm in South Dakota. It took me two years to finally capture how magical it was spending the last few months of her life together."
The self-released Fall is a Good Time to Die is out now (iTunes).