ARTIST: Willie Nelson
TITLE: Country Willie – His Own Songs
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #14 Country
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Night Life, Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls
LINEUP: Willie Nelson + RCA Nashville session players
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A new record company signs Willie and gives him a chance to showcase some of the songs he wrote that were recorded by others.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After stints at Liberty Records and then Monument (where he got one single out), RCA signs Willie Nelson and records him performing songs that he wrote (or co-wrote) that were cut by other country artists.
There are some famous songs here, with “Hello Walls” being the best known, probably. What’s neat is the ‘talking’ pedal steel that answers Willie on some verses.
The songs are impeccable, but put back to back reveals that there wasn’t a lot of differences in tempo, key, or mood. A lot started the same way, and were in a nice, lazy tempo. Willie’s voice is recognizable, but with the songs all very similar it all runs together.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He did contribute some songs to Roy Orbison at Monument, with the big one being “Pretty Paper”. Also, I skipped a Liberty album that was put together from sessions he cut for the label and had no original material.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: Great songs, and a good overview of Nelson’s writing at the time.