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Along with the likes of Tony Joe White and Bobbie Gentry, Georgia boy Larry Jon Wilson was one of the prime exponents of country soul, blending greasy grooves and good-ol' boy twang on a string of stellar but poorly selling '70s albums. After decades in a sort of self-imposed exile, Wilson was coaxed out of hiding by singer/songwriters Jerry DeCicca (Black Swans) and Jeb Loy Nichols for what would be his swan song; he died two years after its 2008 release. Made in the sparest, most spontaneous of circumstances, the album finds Wilson sans rhythm section, accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar and the occasional violin of Black Swans' Noel Sayre (who died tragically in '08). Instead of funky beats, Wilson lays his huge, papa-bear voice across some savory country and folk ballads. Some of the tunes are penned by other artists—Wilson masterfully combines Paul Siebel's "Louise," Mickey Newbury's "Frisco Mabel Joy," and Dave Loggins' "Sunset Woman" into a medley helpfully dubbed "The Whore Trilogy."

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"Shoulders" is the song of the year...

Larry Jon Wilson's voice is its own world, a big, warm, deep thing you could live in. He's also a perfect Southern songwriter who breaks the world down into simple truths through his stories. Hopefully his albums from the 70s will find their way to iTunes one day, but this album, just Larry Jon with the sparsest productino, is a perfect introduction to what makes him great.

That all said, the song "Shoulders" is perhaps the best thing he's ever written and if someone in Nashville discovered this song and handed it to Tim McGraw or Brad Paisley it wouldn't just be a hit, it'd become an anthem.
The melody is completely gorgeous and the lyric is poetry on par with (and in the spirit of) Smokey Robison's best songs. Take a .99 gamble on that song. If it doesn't move you, well, Larry Jon isn't for you. If it does, spend an hour with the whole album and discover a legend you should have known about for years...


Born: October 7, 1940 in Swainsboro, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '00s

b. 7 October 1940, Swainsboro, Georgia, USA. One of the definitive country soul singer-songwriters of the 70s, Wilson was a classic late bloomer. He did not start playing guitar until the age of 30, but five years later in 1975 he released his debut, New Beginnings, on the Monument Records label, home of Kris Kristofferson and country soul pioneer Tony Joe White. Wilson was immediately embraced as part of the mid-70s outlaw country movement that eschewed slick production in favour of a raw, gritty...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music
  • Released: Jun 23, 2009

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