LJW 2010. LJW01
Today is a good day. I managed to score a copy of Bonnie Prince Billy’s new album, which he self-released in secret, and just dropped off at sundry US record shops for them to sell. Getting a copy involved phoning lots of US shops until I found one who was willing to post a copy to me. Not an easy purchase, but by his standards not too bad; earlier this year he made an EP which was only available from a microbrewery somewhere I’d never heard of. I guess he finds the idea of saps like me chasing around to get his releases amusing. In a way I kind of like the way he does things, but it’s also annoying. Fortunately the album is his best for ages, so it was worth the effort. I might post it at some point, but there are rumours of a proper release, so I’ll wait till things are more certain.
In the meantime, here’s one of the many BPB 7″ singles I have, this being a split release with The Black Swans covering Larry Jon Wilson songs. LJW was, apparently a country singer from the 1970s, but I’ve never heard of him. However, on the strength of this he could write a decent song, and with BPB as one of my favourite interpreters of this sort of material, it’s worth a listen.
Larry Jon Wilson is well worth investigating. I first heard him on the very fine Country Soul compilations that Jeb Loy Nichols put together – There\’s also a CD available that combines Larry\’s excellent New Beginnings & Let Me Sing LPs. Get a taste here: http://skydogselysium.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Larry%20Jon%20Wilson
Thanks – that looks interesting. Just as soon as I’ve figured out how to download stuff from that blog, I’ll have a listen. Generally I’m not much into country, but now and again I come across a gem, and I get the feeling this might be another.
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