(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)
If you’re one of the “any kind of music but country” types, you may have never heard this song, which for my money is one of the best and saddest of the decade. Not only is it well-written and devastatingly sad, it’s also performed by two folks I’d call the two most accomplished country artists of the past 10 years, if you consider both commercial success and artistic achievement.