“Joe Carson was from Texas, and he died in a tragic car accident [in 1964 at the age of 27]. He started making records when he was still very young – I think he was around 15. He made some of the best country records in existence, but for whatever reason, he never really found his footing and didn't become very well known. I don't believe he toured that much.
“He did have his admirers, though. George Jones was a fan, and at one point the two of them got together and disappeared on a bender for a few days. There’s a little bit of George in his sound, and some John Lee Horton, too. He might never have found his real place in the business, but he was certainly talented.”