Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, loves doing covers. In fact, you could argue the guy’s addicted to them. Our last few posts on MH have dealt with his takes on Nick Cave’s “Right Now I’m A-Roaming,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and the truly coverable “Little Boxes.” Now we have ourselves some Willie Nelson: Houck’s put together an 11-song covers collection To Willie documenting his love of the man. Take a listen to the opener “Reasons To Quit.”

He does a nice job with it. The To Willie title’s referencing Nelson’s own 1975 Lefty Frizell homage, To Lefty From Willie. Phosphorescent’s tracklist:

01 “Reasons To Quit”
02 “Too Sick To Pray”
03 “Walkin’”
04 “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way”
05 “Pick Up The Tempo”
06 “I Gotta Get Drunk”
07 “Can I Sleep In Your Arms”
08 “Heartaches Of A Fool”
09 “Permanently Lonely”
10 “The Last Thing I Needed (First Thing This Morning)”
11 “The Party’s Over”

To Willie is out 2/3 via Dead Oceans.

[Photo by Kelly Schnetz]

Comments (4)
  1. ds  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2009 0


  2. flimflam  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2009 0

    really great. makes Conor Obersts’ country sound as contived and shallow as it is.

  3. i produce a radio show (, and constantly have new releases coming out of my ears..To Willie is one of the most beautiful albums I’ve heard in a long time…every time I play it, I discover a new favorite song.
    you’d be a fool to not buy it, seriously

  4. ethan alan  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    ive been listening to this album since it was released, and its great, incredible.

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