Friday, June 12, 2015

40 Year Itch : Songs from a Georgia Gator Hole

Larry Jon Wilson : Ohoopee River Bottomland

  In 1975 Larry Jon Wilson was a new recording artist in his 30s, craggy-faced, acne-scarred, with thinning hair and a rumbling, smoky voice. Even in the 'funky' mid '70s this was not the most marketable image. ~ New Beginnings Liner Notes

  With a deep voice that earned him a decent living doing television voice over work, Larry Jon Wilson could also spin a tale. And that's what he did on his 1975 album New Beginnings. Wilson was a "singer's singer" and a "guitar picker's guitar picker" and he numbered Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson among his admirers. In that sweet spot where country meets funk, Wilson recorded his best songs including "Ohoopee River Bottomland", a tribute to the Georgia gator hole near which he grew . The clip below is taken from a documentary on the outlaw country movement called Heartworn Highways.

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