Howdy Glenn possessed a smooth, rich voice that lent itself to nostalgic ballads, songs about hard times, and easy-listening songs about love lost and found.
"Psychedelic Country Soul" could have been the tagline on the Long Ryders' business cards in the 1980s, and the tag still fits 30 years on as they remain masters in combining all of the above.
Obscure even by Big Star standards Van Duren's legacy is one of heartbreak and setback. But as a new film and soundtrack reveal, there's plenty to celebrate about an artist who sounds fresh, vital more than 40 years after cutting his debut.
On Frosting on the Beater, the Posies subsumed their early XTC-isms and other influences into a distinct mode and found their own sense of the timeless.
John Wesley Harding puts his own stamp on the iconic George Harrison tune, all while paying respects to its legendary original artist.