The red headed
stranger offers his personal seal of approval. Watch out for the giant bong,
By Blurt Staff
Earlier this year Phosphorescent released his new album To
Willie (Dead Oceans), a tribute to the music of Willie Nelson. Styled after
Willie’s own tribute to Lefty Frizzell, the 1975 album, To Lefty, From
Willie, has received glowing praise from the media – including BLURT, and
you can read what we had to say about it and Matthew Houck (a/k/a
Phosphorescent) in our debut print issue, on newsstands now.
Houck offered the following explanation in a recent
statement: “I can remember being in the back seat of my parents’ car in
Alabama and hearing “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” sung by
Willie Nelson. I must have been three or four years old. That huge-sounding,
sad, sad song did something to me. It took something out of me. Or put
something into me I don’t know which. There was a gravel driveway and a gate.
My father was out of the car, opening the gate and then we were driving over
the gravel. Every song I’ve ever sung has something to do with this
And now a new voice has joined in the choir of high praise for the album – the
voice belonging to Willie Nelson himself! Last week Dead Oceans received an
invite from Willie Nelson’s Sirius XM Radio Channel, Willie’s Place (located on
the dial on Sirius 64, and XM 13,) for Phosphorescent to perform as part of the
channel’s festivities celebrating the 76th birthday of the Red Headed Stranger.
Also last week, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck and his entire band of merry
musicians were personally invited by Willie to come to New Brunswick, NJ
to attend a Nelson performance. Upon arrival, they were invited onto his
tour bus where Mr. Nelson was extremely generous and sweet, and shared some
very kind words about To Willie. You can read Matthew’s own telling of
the encounter on his myspace page linked Here.
The meeting was also blogged about on Willie’s site Here.
You can hear Phosphorescent pay an hour long birthday
tribute to Willie Nelson on Willie’s Place (Sirius Radio channel 64, XM 13) on
Thursday April 30 at 9pm EST. Nelson himself recorded a radio promo for
Phosphorescent’s appearance. You can hear it right Here.