El Ultimo En Saber

En inglés, un suave swing country-western como los hermanos Everly | En español, una rumba suave y sabia
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This song began life as a straightforward attempt to write an Everly Brothers-style harmony song called “The Last to Know” for the brothers-style Country & Western harmony group I had with with Edward Burch (see the bros. Louvin, Delmore, Coward, etc.). We were known as the Kennett Brothers: Edward was Charlie Kennett and I was Earl Wayne Kennett, and both real Missouri-based relatives of Edward. When the song entered the Vipersphere, it morphed into what you’ll know as this Willie Nelson-ish country rhumba, translated into Spanish with the help of someone that Edward worked with at the Espresso Royale coffee shop in Urbana, IL, and appearing on the Orchestra’s sole studio recording, Everything for Everyone. (Both English- & Spanish-language lyrics are included in the Songbook.)

Here we are on Everything for Everyone, with some very nice production courtesy of Jay Bennett.

The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “El Ultmo En Saber,” Everything for Everyone, 2002

Then, a live version from 2010 in Champaign, Illinois, notable chiefly for Kip Rainey’s great string work.

The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “El Ultimo En Saber,” live at Mike ‘n Molly’s, Champaign, IL, July 2010.

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about