Steve Gorman isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to struggle with artistic insecurity. Widely known as the drummer of the wildly successful (and now defunct) rock band The Black Crowes, Gorman has toured the world, played with icons like Warren Zevon and Bob Dylan and found success in myriad side projects, musical and otherwise.
Six years ago, Jack White performed at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles with “The Peacocks,” his all-female backing band. Two thousand miles away, legendary Sun Records alumni, producer, and songwriter “Cowboy” Jack Clement was watching in Nashville, but he wasn’t interested in one of Nashville’s biggest rock stars. He was tuning in to to see White’s fiddle player, Lillie Mae.
Random generosity occasionally falls from the sky. Explain Hank or Dylan. Explain John Prine. These artists, and many others, of course, bring words to the ground for everyone — often providing gifts in the form of ideas ahead of their time. Prine’s presence in the world particularly burnishes some of its rougher edges.