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To Willie by Phosphorescent
Released: Jan 2009
Label: Dead Oceans
To Willie's cover looks familiar because it's an homage to 1977's To Lefty from Willie, Nelson's tribute to Lefty Frizzell. Exactly why From Phosphorescent wasn't added to the title of this album is anybody's guess. Nevertheless, Phosphorescent turn in a damn good listen, filtering their hero's outlaw country through hazy indie folk. "Can I Sleep in Your Arms?" in particular is just a warm and intimate piece of music. By album's end, To Willie will make you wonder why indie rockers don't do more cover songs.
Justin Farrar

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