Craig Johnson is one of my favorite songwriters, even though there are only about a dozen songs he is willing to claim as his own. In my opinion, he is batting .1000! I love his nostalgic "New Harmony" that we recorded a few years ago, and I think that "Damned Old Piney Mountains" is as fine a song as has appeared in the folk revival. "Goodbye to the Lowlands" is another favorite of mine. I feel that the second verse, with its description of the changes from rural to suburban is worthy of any poet.
My home town's been tore down, I can't find my way,
With its high-gabled houses and my grand-dad's old place
And the last hobo camps have been bulldozed
away, And lately I wonder just why I should stay.
Goodbye to the lowlands and the green fields of home.
They've landscaped the cornfields, the back roads are paved
There's a love I remember; when I told him goodbye