“I can feel I’m losing it slowly, but I’m trying to hang on,” he says. “That’s why we’re planning this session. That will be the last session I do. I’m not complaining. I’m just trying to speak the truth.”—Willie Wright
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Three weeks from today (or now if you’re into this whole e-tailing thing), Willie Wright’s Telling The Truth will be available for the first time since disappearing into Nantucket record collections thirty years ago. Recorded in New York with Skull Snaps drummer George “Buzzy” Bragg and the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s guitarist Harry Jensen, Wright’s sophomore album is soulful folk album from the same mold as Terry Callier’s What Color Is Love, Richie Haven’ Alarm Clock, or Jerry Moore’s Life Is A Constant Journey Home. Tender and brooding, but with boat shoes and paisley.
A life long traveler (he named his record company Hotel, after all), by the time Wright landed in Nantucket in 1976 his notebook was filled with stories of family, the streets of New York, Boston night life, and perhaps especially, women. Pictured above with Willie is his one-time muse Susan Hayes, who, though never mentioned by name on the album like the Jackie of “Jackie’s Song,” played a prominent role in Wright’s development as an artist.
Our deluxe reissue of Telling The Truth keeps the original 10 track album in sequence, adding Wright’s lone 45 (a cover of Curtis’ “Right On For The Darkness” backed with his original “Africa”) and adds the title track from his debut Lack Of Education. For the CD version we’ve crafted a unique 4.72″ version of his 45 that actually plays, stuck the disc in a digipack replica of the original album, and tossed in an over-sized 20 page booklet detailing the life and times of Willie Wright. The LP features those same notes, a 7″ version of “Right On For The Darkness” b/w “Africa,” and a scale replica of Telling The Truth, all housed in tip on sleeve with gold foil embossing. This shit’s a thing of beauty.
Three weeks or now. Your choice.
Coming to a Willie Wright: Telling the Truth CD near you in 2011 is this 4.72″ mini-replica of Wright’s lone 45. LP buyers, you’ll get a full-sized 7″ version
In the midst of making the Syl box, we somehow roped ourselves into making another record this year. Meet Willie Wright, proud holder of Numero 039, which should appear in stores in early October. What you’re seeing above is by no means the actual cover art for our forthcoming CD/LP package, but it should give you sleuths out there some information to go on.