The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico
He’s a poet, he’s a picker, he’s a prophet and he’s a pusher.
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher and a problem when he’s stoned.
He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly ﬁction.
Taking every wrong direction on that lonely road back home.
– Kris Kristoﬀerson (The Pilgrim: Chapter 33)
When Kris Kristoﬀerson wrote these words about Country music legend Guy Terriﬁco in 1971, Guy was at the zenith of his career. What seemed like moments later, in a blaze of whiskey, pills, canceled shows and gun shots, his career was over and so—allegedly—was his life. One of the brightest stars of 70’s country-rock leﬅ behind only fond memories and outrageous stories. At least so everyone thought until something truly weird happened; 30 years aﬅer his ‘death’ a new Guy Terriﬁco album is released. Naturally this has raised some questions because, as Merle Haggard observes, “It’s real hard to sing when you’re dead.”Play Video