the first stone

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Monday, March 2, 2009


I found this record at the end of a long day searching through shelves of sleeveless 45s in a book store in Dallas. This is the original version, on 4 Star Records, though most people know the song as done by Perry Como. Slim Willet was one of the most under-rated country songwriters of the early generation, never having any real hits, though his songs have been covered by almost everyone. I love the uptempo chugging of the song, with sprinkles of barroom piano and fiddle a là Bob Wills; but for me its all about the way Willet wraps the melody around the simple 2 chord structure, giving a longing Willie Nelson feel to the vocals.

Slim Willet and the Brush Cutters- "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes"

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