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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shotgun Willie

Long as we're going on about pies & tea and whatnot, reckon we might as well share this somewhat overlooked stoner country classic:

5 comments:

  1. Cool tune....years of growing up listening to country music stations whenever I rode in the car or worked in the garage and I don't recall ever hearing this one.

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  2. Rode in the car or worked in the garage with my dad that is.

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  3. In addition to being the title track to Willie's '73 album, "Shotgun Willie" is also apparently the name of the self-proclaimed "best strip club in Denver".

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  4. Hard for me not to think that this tune was influenced by Bonnie Raitt's great album "Give it Up", that mixture of country and blues with a tinge of New Orlean's funky-ness ...

    Pretty great looking line up of songs on this Willie Nelson album, btw; I'll need to pick this one up:

    Side one

    1. "Shotgun Willie" – 2:41
    2. "Whiskey River" (Johnny Bush, Paul Stroud) – 4:02
    3. "Sad Songs and Waltzes" – 3:06
    4. "Local Memory" – 2:18
    5. "Slow Down Old World" – 2:49
    6. "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" (Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan) – 2:32

    Side two

    1. "Devil in a Sleepin' Bag" – 2:38
    2. "She's Not for You" – 3:12
    3. "Bubbles in My Beer" (Wills, Cindy Walker, Duncan) – 2:32
    4. "You Look Like the Devil" (Leon Russell) – 3:28
    5. "So Much to Do" – 3:06
    6. "A Song for You" (Russell) – 4:23

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  5. Yeah, the song certainly has a funkiness to it, the horns esp. Willie was busting out of the strict country/western format a long time ago. Terrible how popular country music has for the most part turned into such shit. Linda Ronstandt put out a great album not too long ago, Wille still makes decent records. Other than that? Most country I can listen is is the alt-country stuff. I hate that flag-waving boot scoot bullshit that passes for country these days.

    Last year I got turned onto a song called "Ash Can Blues" by Cliff Carlisle. White 1930's blues, with yodeling. Amazing song if you can snag it.

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