LITA116_Highres_Cover-675x675It’s a rare thing when a sequel matches the intensity of the original. But like Gator to White Lightning, Light in the Attic’s newly announced Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974 not only equals the grit and stride of the label’s 2012 collection, it actually expands and broadens the genre’s definitions. In our 2012 Year in Review, we stated that the artists featured on the introductory installment took “groovy pleasure in defying record company sanctioned categorization, relishing in a sticky, smoky, purely American cross-pollination and freedom,” and the motley crew gathered for this edition created songs no less ambitious. There’s no shortage of legends here — Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and Bobby Darin all make appearances — but there’s lesser-knowns too, like Donnie Fritts, Jim Ford, Bill Wilson, and Willis Alan Ramsey, whose nimble-footed jam “Northeast Texas Women” is drawn from his 1972 self-titled release on Leon Russell’s Shelter Records, an album so good he still hasn’t released a follow up. Compiled by AD compatriot Zach Cowie AKA Turquoise Wisdom with LITA men Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy, with notes by Jessica Hundley and art by Jess Rotter, Country Funk II arrives in July 9th. words / j woodbury

Willis Alan Ramsey :: Northeast Texas Women

8 Responses to “Country Funk :: Volume II 1967-1974”

  1. LITA is the best! Didn’t know Cowie was behind this.

  2. Willis Alan Ramsey, another from the seemingly bottomless seam of great Texan singer / songwriters

  3. Crap, I tought this was going to be about the actual old school 70’s band called Country Funk.

  4. Yes!!!Love the first one!!

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  6. […] Rare grooves from a genre that I had no idea existed. Selections from the likes of Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and Bobby Darin. This quote sums it up, “groovy pleasure in defying record company sanctioned categorization, relishing in a sticky, smoky, purely American cross-pollination and freedom.” Hear Willis Alan Ramsey and company play a super funky song called, “Northeast Texas Women” over on Aquarium Drunkard. […]

  7. Damn! You have finally posted an artist I knew way back when. The only issue for the short fan base WAR had up here in Tranna and Canada generally was when the next a’bum was coming out. Still the issue huh?? Spider John is SO much better on his record than the cover.

  8. […] wrote about this set last month, here, but if you find yourself in Los Angeles this weekend come see/hear it in action. This Sunday, from […]

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