Clint Black recently put out a brand new album. It had been a few years since he had put out new music. The industry has changed since the ’90s when Clint was at the top of the country world, but his style of country never really seems to go out of fashion. He has a way with lyrics and melodies and he can still write some gems.
Time For That, a single off his new album, is classic Clint and it also sounds fresh in the modern sense of country music. It’s all Clint, but it’s also similar to something that an Easton Corbin or Chris Young or Joe Nichols would do today and they’re getting played on the radio all the time.
Anyway, the other day I heard Clint’s live version of Desperado. It’s a classic Eagles song from their sophomore album that came out in the early ’70s. I think Clint recorded the song twice. Once for the Eagles country tribute album, Common Thread, in 1993 and again as a live recording on his Greatest Hits album that came out in 1996.
I think both versions get played on radio once in a while, but the one I seem to hear is the live version. There were some good covers on that Common Thread record. The Eagles are possibly the most popular American band of all time so covering their songs is no easy task.
But I always thought Clint did a really good job with this one. He made it his own and I think that strategy worked really well and it’s probably a reason it’s still played on country radio today.
So with Clint having new music out recently and with Eagles co-founder, Glenn Frey, passing just a short time ago I thought we could look back on the country version of this great song.