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Clay Pigeons – John Prine on Austin City Limits

I was catching up on some recorded episodes of Austin City Limits this afternoon, and came across a goldmine: a repeat of the John Prine / Amos Lee episode that aired about 2 years ago. It was John’s version of “Clay Pigeons” that really affected me, and led me to the original songwriter, Blaze Foley. I wrote about that day here.

I checked YouTube back then for the Prine ACL version, but no go. And today, after seeing John’s amazing performance again, I checked again, and lo and behold, here it is. I trust there’ll be a few of you who are just as affected as I was.

For good measure, here’s Blaze Foley’s equally brilliant original…

Blaze FoleyClay Pigeons (mp3)

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  1. […] Austin City Limits is amazing week in and week out as it is, but when one of my favorites hits the stage for the 30 minute showcase, it always seems to capture something special that gives me a brand new appreciation for the music and the artists I admire (one previous example: John Prine’s 2006 appearance when he introduced me to Blaze Foley’s “Clay Pigeons.” […]

  2. That sucks.. the owner of the video pulled it from YouTube.
    If anyone sees the video again online, can you please drop a comment here?

  3. man, so glad I found this post. I saw this broadcast of ACL lying in bed at 3am in a hotel in Ohio while on tour, and this song knocked me out. wow. really hit me hard. I couldn’t remember the name of the tune, but I finally found it! a new favorite that I’ll carry forever. thanks for the clip!

    J

  4. GERALD GERALD

    WELL I LISTENED TO FOLEY DO IF I COULD ONLY FLY SOME GOOD LICKS

  5. GERALD GERALD

    MY FIRST TIME TO HEAR JP ON ACL. ONE OF THE BEST ARTISTS ALIVE TODAY. SORRY I MISSED SO MANY YEARS OF HIS MUSIC, BUT WILL MAKE UP THE TIME AS I NOW LISTEN A LOT. THE ONE ABOUT PEOPLE ARE NOT PEOPLE AND CLAY PIGEONS ARE GREAT PIECES. WOULD LOVE TO MEET THIS ARTIST HIS BAND IS KICK-ASS.

  6. Dawn Yvette McDonald Carey Iverson Dawn Yvette McDonald Carey Iverson

    love your music john!!!Grandpa said, “Dawn, your dad’s sure a good signer, John”..
    Dawn

    1111

  7. This was a great post. I caught JP doing “Clay Pigeon” but never quite caught the name he was giving props to.
    Blaze Foley sounded like quite the cat. The documentary will certainly be something I’ll be watching for.
    Thanks for the Blaze Foley introduction.!

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