One of the most interesting replies so far comes from one of Lonesome, Onry and Mean's favorite songwriters, Randy Weeks. Born and raised in Minnesota, Weeks says his earliest song memory is of the French children's traditional song that goes by two names: "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" or "The Old Grey Goose Is Dead."While its history is murky, its authorship is often attributed to French philosopher/writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau sometime in the 1770s. Weeks is a master of darkness and occasional violence in his songwriting, and, according to his message, he was drawn to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" because "that's rough stuff, you know, gonna grind her into sausage and all that." David Allan Coe's version on his 1974 classic The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy is a great one. Here's a link to one of the lengthier versions of the lyrics. Come back later in the week when we'll lay out more of these earliest influences from people like Jesse Dayton, R.S. Field, and numerous other folks in Americana.