The Sad Song of Everett Ruess

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Dave Alvin wrote a song called "Everett Ruess" for his 2004 album Ashgrove, and "it's a beautiful tune, sung from the perspective of Ruess himself. A delicate, ambling song, it's the sort of thing you'd want to hear while driving through the dry, mountainous terrain Ruess wandered decades ago." (

If you're an Everett Ruess fan, you may find it interesting to listen to the interview with Alvin even though it's dated. This was recorded before the DNA tests were abandoned. Everett Ruess may still be wandering the hills... At least his spirit lives on.