Willie’s Manifesto


and-then

Vinyl now playing at Rancho Mantequilla. Willie Nelson …and then I wrote, Liberty, 1962. My personal, autographed copy.

Willie’s shockingly original debut LP, introduces his jazzy vocal styling on Nelson originals– Touch Me, Hello Walls, Funny How Time Slips Away, Three Days, Crazy. Most were already hits for Faron Young, Carl Smith, Patsy Cline when Willie went into the studio to record his first album in 1961.

Aside from the occasional clutter of background singers, this has the sonic clarity of a Sinatra session. …and then I wrote brings a fresh, spare breeze into Country music. Like Sinatra, Willie Nelson’s vocal phrasing is riveting and casual at the same time. None other than Miles Davis credited Willie as an influence.

No one ever sang a Willie Nelson song better than Willie. Different maybe, radio hit maybe, but Willie broke the molds and crafted a whole new model with …and then i wrote. The record sucks you in like a Hoover. Never fails to satisfy. 55 years old and sounds like tomorrow.

#willienelson, #libertyrecords, #andtheniwrote,

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