Phosphorescent makes Willie’s Birthday this Thursday

While a good portion of the stuff passed off as country music in the last decade or so has been utterly forgettable (I’m speaking about everyone whose gotten way too much credit – from poseur “indie” hacks with fake accents to late 90’s fluff queens who attached themselves to the genre), its nice to see a real legend being appreciated. Brooklyn’s Phosphorescent released a fine tribute album, To Willie, earlier in the year – patented after Willie’s own tribute to Lefty Frizzell, the 1975 album, To Lefty, From Willie.

Dead Oceans received an invite from Willie Nelson’s Sirius XM Radio Channel, Willie’s Place (located on the dial on Sirius 64, and XM 13,) for Phosphorescent to perform as part of the channel’s festivities celebrating his 76th birthday. Also last week, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck and his entire band were personally invited by Willie to come to New Brunswick, NJ to attend a Nelson performance. Upon arrival, they were invited onto his tour bus where Mr. Nelson was extremely generous and sweet, and shared some very kind words about To Willie. You can read Matthew’s own telling of the encounter on his myspace page.

You can hear Phosphorescent play an hour long birthday tribute to Willie Nelson on Willie’s Place (Sirius Radio channel 64, XM 13) on Thursday April 30 at 9pm EST. Phosphorescent will perform with his full band and share stories and insights into the impact that Willie Nelson’s music has had on his own career. Join Phosphorescent in paying tribute to Mr. Nelson’s birthday by tuning in yourselves.

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