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- Posted on Feb 6th 2009 4:00PM by Mike Ayers
'To Willie,' released this week, sees Houck tackling eleven tunes that demonstrate a wide variety of Willie-isms -- from the sobering hangover song 'Reasons to Quit,' to the sleepy, gut-punching ballad 'The Last Thing I Needed (First Thing This Morning)' -- Houck tackles the Willie that 'On the Road Again' fans wouldn't necessarily notice.
"Some of the first musical memories I've had are from listening to Willie Nelson songs," he explains. "It's weird; on our second release I did a cover of 'My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys' -- and that was one of the earliest memories I had, of being a little kid in my dad's car. I wasn't able to understand a sad song such as that, but even then, I guess it hit me pretty hard."
Although Houck has yet to meet the red-headed stranger himself, that didn't stop him from sending along the finished product. "We sent him a copy but I don't know if he's going to hear it or what," Houck says. "But I sure hope he does."
Phosphorescent will be on tour much of this spring, with certain cities getting the 'To Willie' album in full. Meanwhile, he's currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2007's 'Pride.'
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