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    Default Little Willies - For The Good Times

    online listen
    not much for covers, which all of this is except for 1 instrumental track
    good enough versions, but if I want to hear the song, I want the original
    Norah Jones tracks are better than the dudesl
    iked the first 2 tracks because I wasn't familiar with them
    no clip available for them
    the chosen clip is a nice band interview with samples of about half the tracks
    good band, but I'll wait for some original material
    1.3 from me and not yet rated by the pros at allmusic

    released Jan 10th, 2012

    interview/sample clip - The Little Willies - For the Good Times - EPK - YouTube

    - from allmusic

    Five friends -- all involved in separate, outside projects -- wanted to play music together. Quite simply, this desire is what led to the formation of the Little Willies in 2003. Comprised of Lee Alexander (bass), Norah Jones (piano/vocals), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and Jim Campilongo (guitar), the group started with an evening gig booked at the Living Room on New York's Lower East Side. The quintet found they shared a common fondness for classic American music like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson, and they began playing covers of some of their favorites. This one-off performance ultimately turned into sporadic shows at the venue whenever their individual schedules would allow, slowly incorporating original songs into their set along the way. In time, the Little Willies began considering the release of a live album, but instead wound up documenting their sound in the recording studio. Milking Bull Records issued the resultant self-titled album in March 2006. A second album of alt country classics, For the Good Times, which included covers of Cal Martin’s “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves,” Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City,” Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times,” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” appeared early in 2012.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    The Little Willies took six years to deliver a second album, but For the Good Times sounds like it could have been cut the same afternoon as their 2006 debut. This is by no means a bad thing. The primary pleasure of the Little Willies, the uptown country cabaret covers band fronted by Norah Jones, is their ease, how they can take tunes everybody knows by heart and not so much reinterpret them as freshen them, pulling them ever so slightly toward the jazzier side. Apart from a couple of song selections -- and ones that come close to the beginning of the album, too, as it opens with Ralph Stanley’s "I Worship You" and Scotty Wiseman's "Remember Me" -- there's nothing unexpected here, but For the Good Times doesn’t feel lazy; it's cozy and comfortable, a warm bath of an album. Generally, For the Good Times rambles along at a relaxed pace, which makes the quickening pulse of "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" all the more prominent, but for as easy-rolling as this is, there is variety here -- "Fist City" is spirited, "Wide Open Road" provides some barreling good humor, "Jolene" is spare and affecting -- which is just enough to keep For the Good Times colorful and quietly engaging.

    Track Listing

    1) I Worship You
    2) Remember Me
    3) Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
    4) Lovesick Blues
    5) Tommy Rockwood
    6) Fist City
    7) Permanently Lonely
    8) Foul Owl On the Prowl
    9) Wide Open Road
    10) For the Good Times
    11) If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time
    12) Jolene
    Last edited by Music Head; 09-01-2012 at 22:24.
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    Thanks for posting the link to the video. I like this group and was hoping it wasn't a one time fling.

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    Love the name of the band.
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