Singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, former guitarist for The Blasters, X and The Knitters, has released a number of excellent solo albums, featuring scores of wonderful songs. Of all his songs from all his albums, I actually have one favourite, the absolutely amazing ballad "From A Kitchen Table" which finds its protagonist writing a letter to a former sweetheart from the kitchen table of his mother's home. That's how far he has gotten in life. It's a truly sad story wrapped in a stunning melody. This is country music at its very best, taken from Alvin's 1998 album Blackjack David.