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Give me the Willies!

When Norah Jones gets tired of her usual silky pop, it appears she need to let her country soul shine.  That's when she gets together with some of her pals as The Little Willies.

(In addition to Norah Jones, the Little Willies are Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Richard Julian and Dan Rieser.)

Their follow-up to a 2006 album is called "For the Good Times." And if you've heard of the Kris Kristofferson classic that is the title of this album, this record might be right up your alley.

I like older, traditional country music. Think Hank Williams, Sr., not Jr. I appreciate country rock as invented by Gram Parsons, and don't even mind a little bluegrass now and then.

And I loved this record!  I'm not familiar with all the original songs the Little Willies chose to cover, but that didn't matter one bit. The singing is pure smoke and honky tonk, without being corny. The musicianship is exquisite, and the harmonies spot on.

My favorite song on the album is "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves," which conveys an incredible urgency in its minor tones. Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" is great, and "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" is pure fun.

The album closes with a heartfelt cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene." I think Dolly would approve.






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