Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of country music. I can count on one hand the number of country artists I would pay to see and I've seen three of them, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Johnny Cash is dead and so is Waylon Jennings so I doubt that I'll see many more.
Haggard's my favorite country artist for three reasons. He's a fairly slick guitar player, his remarkable voice, and he's a fabulous song writer. I can listen to Merle sing Big City and That's the Way Love Goes again and again. But my favorite country tune is Haggard duet with Willie Nelson that was penned by Townes Van Zandt.
I can't put a finger on why I love the song Pancho and Lefty. It just strikes a chord (excuse the pun) deep within me. I've even learned to play it on guitar. I came across this version that is the best of all things, Pancho and Lefty with a little help from Bob Dylan.