Shotgun Willie

Shotgun Willie

by Willie Nelson
     
 

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"You can't make a record if you ain't got nothin' to say," Willie Nelson opines at the outset of Shotgun Willie. Not to worry -- being tongue-tied has seldom been a problem for the endlessly prolific Nelson. On Shotgun, Nelson seemed to be saying: Experiment. This record is a fascinating document of culture clash between Nelson's traditional world of…  See more details below

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"You can't make a record if you ain't got nothin' to say," Willie Nelson opines at the outset of Shotgun Willie. Not to worry -- being tongue-tied has seldom been a problem for the endlessly prolific Nelson. On Shotgun, Nelson seemed to be saying: Experiment. This record is a fascinating document of culture clash between Nelson's traditional world of country music and the hippie scene of Austin, Texas, of which he was fast becoming an icon. Produced by Atlantic Records stalwarts Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler, the 1973 release contains an interesting mix of Memphis-style horns and rhythms, hard country, and western swing; consistent with its outlaw nature, it also features appearances by rockers Doug Sahm and Leon Russell. Shotgun Willie contains several songs that have long been associated with Nelson -- "Whiskey River," "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)," and "You Look Like the Devil." Without this, you can't fully understand the American phenomenon that is Willie Nelson.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Transferring his allegiance to Atlantic (where he would record two remarkable albums that would get him kicked off the label), Willie Nelson offered his finest record to date for his debut -- possibly his finest album ever. Shotgun Willie encapsulates Willie's world view and music, finding him at a peak as a composer, interpreter, and performer. This is laid-back, deceptively complex music, equal parts country, rock attitude, jazz musicianship, and troubadour storytelling. Nelson blurs the lines between his own tunes and covers to the point that "Whiskey River," this record's best-known song, seems thoroughly original, yet it was written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud. This, along with two songs apiece by Leon Russell and Bob Wills, provides context for his originals, with Shotgun Willie becoming a musical autobiography, offering not only insights into his musicality (witness how he slows down "Stay All Night [Stay a Little Longer]" to a slow shuffle) but, seemingly, into himself (most notably on the title track and the wonderful, funny travelogue "Devil in a Sleepin' Bag"). Nelson wasn't just at a peak of performing here -- he also wrote some of his greatest songs, highlighted not just by the previously mentioned tunes but also by the lovely slow waltz "Slow Down Old World" and "Sad Songs and Waltzes." All of it adds up to possibly the finest record in a career filled with hits and highlights.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227993238
catalogNumber:
7262
Rank:
42113

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Waylon Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
David Bromberg   Electric Guitar
Doug Sahm   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Augie Meyers   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Jimmy Day   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Gatlin   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jack Barber   Bass
Willie Bridges   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Burgh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul English   Drums
Jeff Gutcheon   Organ,Electric Piano
Jack Hale   Trombone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Red Lane   Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Hugh McDonald   Bass
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Mosley   Drums,Snare Drums
George Rains   Drums
Dan Spears   Bass
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Dee Moeller   Background Vocals
James J. Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   String Arrangements
Steve Ham   Engineer
Stan Hutto   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer,String Arrangements
Gene Paul   Engineer
Knox Phillips   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
David Briggs   Producer

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