Larry Jon Wilson, 'Larry Jon Wilson' (Drag City)

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Larry Jon Wilson
Critical Mass
Label: Drag City

by Joel Oliphint

Wilson, who palled around with Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, and other "outlaw country" artists in the '70s, put his funky stamp on that burgeoning movement, then quietly disappeared from Nashville. The tenderhearted originals and reclaimed covers (Bruce Channel's "Rocking With You") on this intimate album (his first in almost 30 years) were recorded in a Florida condo -- just 68-year-old Wilson's warm Georgia baritone, guitar picking seasoned by decades of dive-bar gigs, and sparse fiddle. Snippets of spoken stories only add to the gruff charm. Here's to resurrections.

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