Monday March 11th 2013, 2:49 pm
Video of the Day: Larry Jon Wilson
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YouTube Preview ImageLarry Jon Wilson- Ohoopee River Bottomland

Have a look and a listen to Larry Jon Wilson recording “Ohoopee River Bottomland,” from the 1981 documentary Heartworn Highways, one of When You Awake‘s favorites! The track, recording in 1975 for Larry Jon’s album New Beginnings, is also one of sixteen featured on an awesome compilation that came out last summer on Light In The Attic, called Country Funk: 1969-1975, which also features tracks by Dale Hawkins, Jim Ford, Link Wray, Bobby Charles Tony Joe White, Bobbie Gentry and more. It’s pretty unusual these days when a new collection of archival tracks are released — tunes that weren’t hits to begin with! – on a lavish CD packaging like this LITA release. And what the hell is “Country Funk” you ask?  Jessica Hundley offers up an explanation in the liner notes: “The style encompasses the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues, country hoedown harmony with inner city grit. It is alternately playful and melancholic, slow jammin’ and booty shakin’. It is both studio slick and barroom raw. And while these all may seem unlikely combinations at first glance, upon close listen, it all makes sweet sense.” Amen!



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