"I love playing country music," says Norah Jones. "More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home." Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls - Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian, and Dan Rieser - have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit. With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.
Material for this album was taken from the Willies' live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" and "Foul Owl on the Prowl", from the soundtrack to In the Heat Of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For The Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and the title track, written by Kris Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.
180 Gram Vinyl
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
Norah Jones, vocals, piano
Richard Julian, acoustic guitar, vocals
Jim Campilongo, electric and acoustic guitars, background vocals
Lee Alexander, bass, background vocals
Dan Rieser, drums, background vocals
Rob Moose, strings on "Jolene"
1. I Worship You
2. Remember Me
3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
4. Lovesick Blues
5. Tommy Rockwood
6. Fist City
1. Permanently Lonely
2. Foul Owl On the Prowl
3. Wide Open Road
4. For the Good Times
5. If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time