I was fortunate enough to see the late great Jimmie Skinner in concert when he appeared up on the old baseball field at Tellico, in late summer when I was about to begin my senior year of high school. He was old–nearly seventy–and his strong and distinctive voice was softened by age–but damn, he put on a great show, singing nearly all of the great songs he wrote. This one is one of my favorites of his, probably recorded c. 1950.
On his 1992 album This One’s Gonna Hurt You, Marty Stuart recorded “Doin’ My Time” with Johnny Cash. Here’s a live performance:
On the album this piece begins in a different key and rocks hard, like some of Cash’s old Sun sides. Me, though, I hear Skinner’s influence in both versions.
Skinner was one of the greats, for certain, but not as well remembered as I might wish. 😦