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Crow Soldier

Til Willis

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After only a year together, Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy releases second album by Chance Dibben Performing at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., a few years back, the power went out on Til Wilis. The singer-songwriter was faced with a dilemma: vacate his cool basement platform for the steamy bar upstairs and perform unamplified, or lose his turn to play altogether. Willis decided to play. I walk in front of these tables - it's kind of a restaurant bar upstairs, huge high ceilings, hot as can be up there, big picture of Woody Guthrie in the back - got up there and just started playing. Willis performed his set, rousing the crowd despite the heat and setbacks. At the end of the show, one of Woody Guthrie's granddaughters approached Willis, explaining a family belief that Woody only kills the power on people he likes. It had happened to so many people when they start playing Woody Guthrie songs... It happened to Bruce Springsteen three times. Here he is having the big bucks to pay for stadium sound, for some reason when he starts playing Woody, the power goes. [Woody's granddaughter said] 'We take that as a big endorsement from beyond the grave. You're family, I guess I'll take your word for it, Willis told her. For somebody once described by a concertgoer as Lawrence's Bruce Springsteen (a reputation he takes with wry bemusement), Willis has learned to make the most out of a little, applying a practical and forward-thinking approach to songcraft, performance and recording. This has led to numerous shows throughout the region, a bevy of solo releases, and a fruitful relationship with his current band, Erratic Cowboy. When we spoke to Willis nine months ago about the group's first release, The Land of Sawdust and Spangles, the songwriter mentioned that he had two albums in the works. The group's new album, 'Crow, Soldier', to be self-released June 1, is not one of those albums. Willis says that the songwriting process for this project snowballed quickly. Initially it started off as one or two songs to record for a single, a way to have something new coming out. But, Willis explains, by the time we actually got around to record, it was OK, well, now I got five songs ready to go, by the time we recorded those five, well I've got these as well. Next thing you know we've got 14 tracks. Like many songwriters worth their salt, lyrics and song ideas flow out of Willis. He says that while he knows some songwriters are successful in releasing 10 solid songs in a year, at given day I've got 10 songs laying around. I always figured ... if you're gonna call yourself a songwriter then you need to write songs. Hence the new album, which formed organically between those other two projects Willis is prepping. One is an eclectic disc of solo material that should get released this year, and the other is something his band may assist with. I kind of like being on that 1960s schedule for recording. Every six months we need an album. You better be working Willis jokes. Nearly all of the songs on 'Crow, Soldier' were written since the last album. Some of them just 24 hours before they were recorded, says Willis. He explains that for independent artists like his band, it is a huge benefit to always have something new coming out, a philosophy of music production shared by many of this generation, especially as technology has made creating and distributing music easier. Like the band's last album, 'Crow, Solider' was recorded in Wilis's home in Lawrence, but with a crucial difference. [For] this album we wanted everything to be a little sharper... Not so loose, so we took time to not record all things live in the same room so we could have better control over it. Just [to] make it more professional sounding. The band also started discussing how to create music more in terms of dance and funk. While 'The Land of Sawdust and Spangles' certainly has a few foot-jumping tracks, Willis reflects that the group intended that album to be a loose and ragged batch of songs. With this one we talked about wanting to have stu

収録曲   

  • 01. Best We Can
  • 02. Rest Our Guns
  • 03. My Own Time
  • 04. Dreadful War
  • 05. Open Sky
  • 06. Smut, Jazz and Jive
  • 07. Blue Impala
  • 08. New Orleans
  • 09. In the Body
  • 10. Working Down
  • 11. Burn Your Money
  • 12. California Widow
  • 13. People As Buildings
  • 14. Colored Glass

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