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The Little Willies On World Cafe | January 19, 2012

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The informal nature of The Little Willies speaks to its members' chemistry and love of country-music classics; after all, their moniker is a tribute to country-music legend Willie Nelson. Composed of Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (vocals), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Lee Alexander (bass) and Dan Rieser (drums), the group got its start in 2003, playing at New York City's Live Room for sheer enjoyment. It soon became clear that The Little Willies' energy and talent could not stay limited to a one-time show. The band released its eponymous debut in 2006 — it's full of Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson covers — and just returned, six years later, with For the Good Times.

Released in the beginning of January, For the Good Times is just as easygoing as its predecessor. Filled with new spins on country classics, the album features songs by Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. The result is relaxed, intimate listening that's always compelling. In today's show, Dye and The Little Willies discuss the band's origins and play favorite tunes from For the Good Times.(link)


Hour 1

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The Pretenders & Emmylou Harris "She" Return of the Grievous Angel
Waylon Jennings "Old Five and Dimers Like Me" Honky Tonk Heroes
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings "Why Baby Why" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Norah Jones & Dolly Parton "Creepin' In" Feels Like Home))

The Little Willies "Permanently Lonely" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Little Willies "Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Little Willies "Jolene" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Little Willies "Lovesick Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Sarah Watkins "Frederick" Sara Watkins))

Justin Townes Earle "Am I That Lonely Tonight" Nothing's Going to Change
Kathleen Edwards "Change the Sheets" Voyageur
John Prine "Paradise" John Prine
Wilco "I Might" The Whole Love

((Little Willies "Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Hour 2

RL Burnside "Everything Is Broken" Big Bad Love Soundtrack
Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Once In Dreams
Nick Lowe "So It Goes" Basher: Best of Nick Lowe
Raphael Saadiq "Heart Attack" Stone Rollin'
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head Is An Animal
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Home" Up From Below

((The Revelations "Heavy Metal" Deep Soul))

Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me A Tale" Tell Me A Tale EP
Terry Callier "Keep Your Heart Right" Time Peace
The Black Keys "Run Right Back" El Camino
Cream "I Feel Free" Heavy Cream

((Britt Daniel "Auditor" Stranger Than Fiction OST))

Birdy "Skinny Love" Birdy
Jose Gonzalez "Heartbeats" Veneer
Paul Simon "Rewrite" So Beautiful or So What
Vampire Weekend "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" Vampire Weekend

((Frightened Rabbit "Bright Pink Bookmark" The Midnight Organ Fight))