2009: The Round Up

#5. Phosphorescent - To Willie
(Dead Oceans, 2009)

I've written about this album before, but it surely is good enough to be written about again. And again, and again. To Willie is Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent's tribute to the one and only Willie Nelson. Houck picked out his Willie favourites and recorded this gem with a full band in late 2008. The result is an outstanding record that never really feels like a covers album. The way Houck sings this songs they really sounds like they were his own.

The cover art and album title is a wink to Willie Nelson's own album To Lefty From Willie, which was Nelson's own tribute to the great Lefty Frizzell.

Read more about Phosphorescent's To Willie here.