Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to Missoula, Montana. Put your hand down; nobody can see you. I was there in December a couple of years ago. I’ll go back soon.
Willis Alan Ramsey wrote “Goodbye to Old Missoula.” He also wrote “Muskrat Love.” A Friend of mine regularly performs “Goodbye to Old Missoula.” It’s a great song.
Several years ago, I needed a city name for a song I was working on. Somewhere in that process I recalled that my in-laws live in Missoula, Montana. What a beautiful name, eh? It was more than a little convenient the city is situated where several valleys and rivers come together and that the city’s nickname is “The next best place.”
I wrote “Water in Missoula” just a few days after recording my CD “Panes.” A live version appeared on my next CD “Live at The Hideaway,” and I recorded a studio version for my latest CD, “I Ain’t Stayin’.” It's one of my favorite songs.
The photo is the backside of "I Ain't Stayin'."
Life after Asheville
In Missoula Montana.
It’s the next best place!