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In 1975, Willie Nelson recorded "To Lefty From Willie", ten songs in which Nelson paid homage to Lefty Frizell, reinterpreting his favorites from the Frizzell catalog and stamping them with his unique voice. Now Phosphorescent has done the same for Willie Nelson on this recording of eleven hidden Nelson gems and lost classics. An unabashed musical love letter.
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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B001NG3PZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm almost 70, and had never heard of this group, but somewhere, I think it was YouTube, I heard Wolves, from the Pride album. I was so impressed, I bought that CD and this one too. These people are artists, taking often very traditional music, as on this album, and stamping it indelibly and forever with their imprint.

I am a fan of Phillip Glass, and other contemporary music, so now I have a new love: Phosphorescent. If you love music, you'll love their music, and this album.
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This is one of the most magnificent albums to behold. A true gift for Willie done by some of the most talented musicians around.....They have not only captured the essence of Nelson's music but have done so by adding the flavor of their own genius sound............Phosphorescent...I commend you....."To Willie" is a true mark of your unfounded talent.....congtats!!!
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Like Mark Kozelek from Sun Kil Moon, Matthew Houck the guiding light of the alt country wonders Phosphorescent can write a mean tune or two (see the review of their latest "Here's to taking it easy") but he also happens to be one of the great cover artists and interpreters of modern times. This album which is both a tribute and reinterpretation of the songs of the veteran outlaw Willie Nelson confirms that Houck doesn't just understand the basic tenets of country music he could write the book. The fact in addition that he digs deeper into the repertoire of Nelson and resists the obvious covers (no "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain", On the road again or Always on my mind) and instead stresses the "outlaw" themes of drink, drunkenness, despair, downtime and dread make "To Willie" all the more special, and both a fantastic homage and a original contribution to the great canon of alt country.

The highlights arrive faster that Usain Bolt in the Olympic stadium. Starting with "Reasons to Quit" a sad paean to the hopelessness of the demon drink but also the perils of life without it does set the tone. Thus we have those tender lost hope ballads that Nelson's fragile voice seem made for and which Houck doesn't just make his own, in some cases he betters them. Listen to the lovely and sad lament "Permanently Lonely" and try not to be moved, equally the heartache of the break up Tex Mex ballad "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way".
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This is such a great record. I love how dreamy it is. I think they made it different enough so it's like new experience if you already know the (Willie Nelson) songs. Record was new but I worry about warping when I order online. It was in perfect shape.
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