In the late 60s and early 70s Kris Kristofferson had emerged as one of the most successful new songwriters in country music, penning songs that became huge hits for artists including Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Sammi Smith and Waylon Jennings. His own brilliant solo debut had not been much of a commercial success, but by the time he brought out the follow-up in 1971 his songwriting successes (capped by Janis Joplin's #1 pop cover of "Me & Bobby McGee") had pepared people to take notice of him as a recording artist in his own right.
The Silver Tongued Devil And I featured a similar collection of wonderful story-songs. There were some great new songs, alongside a couple of older ones ("Jody & The Kid" had been recorded by Roy Drusky in 1968, and "The Taker" had been a hit for Waylon Jennings in 1970) and a cover of Bobby Bare's "Good Christian Soldier" (Bare himself recorded a lot of Kristofferson songs in '70 and '71). It perhaps wasn't as consistent as his debut (where arguably every song was a masterpiece), but it turned out to be a bigger success. "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" gave Kristofferson his first hit single of his own, reaching #26 on the pop chart.
Kristofferson (1970) <|> Border Lord (1972)
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