Friday, February 28, 2014

In a World of Willie

          I was listening to a lot of Willie Nelson last summer - in particular, discovering his more
obscure 70s stuff.   Additionally, I've  been digging Phosphorescent's dandy Willie tribute album To Willie for several years now.  Hence, a collection of Willie Nelson covers seemed apropos. In doing so, I found out, much to my surprise, that Willie Nelson didn't write Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (it's a Fred Rose tune, btw).  Still, it's such a "Willie song" (and the guy did write a ton of other great ones), I had to include Elliott Smith's version stay in the mix. Revoke my purist card, if you must (especially since Elliott screws up a verse in his live version), but it really fit nicely.

(Late update 12/4/14: Kevinpat, a friend of the blog, has graciously agreed to share a dandy 3rd compilation.  See below for track listing.)

Disc One

Reasons to Quit Phosphorescent
You Look Like The Devil Deadstring Brothers
On The Road Again Pickin' On Series
I'm a Memory Sara Watkins
The Most Unoriginal Sin John Hiatt
She's Not For You Mark Lanegan
Who Do I Know in Dallas Merle Haggard
Make Way for a Better Man Deke Dickerson
Three Days k.d. lang
Are You Sure Ray Price
Crazy Mandy Barnett
Tragedy Charlie Rich
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces Bettye Lavette
Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain Elliott Smith
Sad Songs And Waltzes Cake

Disc Two

I Still Can't Believe You're Gone Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Funny How Time Slips Away Al Green
Permanently Lonely The Little Willies
I'm Building Heartaches Thomas Marriott
Undo The Wrong Justin Trevino
Hello Walls Jason & The Scorchers
A Good Hearted Woman George Jones
Man With The Blues Del McCoury
Sister's Coming Home Emmylou Harris
One Day at a Time The Flatlanders
It's Not Supposed To Be That Way Waylon Jennings
Touch Me Buck Owens
Hands on the Wheel The Geraldine Fibbers
Opportunity To Cry Holmes Brothers
Night Life [Live] Aretha Franklin
Disc Three
Valentine The Beautiful South
Heartaches of a Fool Charlie A'Court
A Moment Isn't Very Long Johnny Bush
I Never Cared for You Deke Dickerson
Still is Still Moving to Me Acapulco Radio
Bloody Mary Morning Supersuckers
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me Bitz 'n' Pieces Band
Face of a Fighter Texas Tea
Hands on the Wheel Norah Jones
You Left Me a Long Time Ago Miss Leslie
Don't Say Love (Or Nothing) Bobby Flores
The End of Understanding Jim and Eve Selection
I Gotta Get Drunk The Little Willies
Kneel at the Feet of Jesus George Jones
Family Bible Ricky Skaggs
Healing Hands of Time Jessi Colter
I Never Cared for You Paula Nelson
Good Hearted Woman The Everly Brothers
It's Not Supposed to be That Way Jackson Taylor and the Sinners
Slow Down Old World Richard Buckner
I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night Colin Cooper Project
Yesterday's Wine George Jones w/Merle Haggard
My Own Peculiar Way Joe Dolan
Lonely Little Mansion Patti Jerome
The Party's Over Phosphorescent