I was born in 1950, so I remember all the Gordon Lightfoot hits of the 70's, but though I liked his music, I never thought of him as a guitar player, and I certainly never associated him with bluegrass or country.
So why did Tony Rice record a whole tribute album to Gordon Lightfoot? And why do I see Lightfoot songs popping up so often on country and bluegrass albums?
I went out to the All Music Guide website to research Lightfoot's discography, and I'm still not sure what the connection is. He seems like a quintessential folkie singer-songwriter guy, not the kind of musician that would attract so much attention in the country and bluegrass world.
Can anyone out there enlighten me?