“When I was growing up, my aunt Jeanette would play this record a lot. It was one of those things I could always count on: get in Mom’s car, you’re going to hear Al Green; get in Aunt Jeanette’s car, you’re going to hear Red Headed Stranger. [Laughs] You have no idea what it was like being a black kid who listened to everything, and then your aunt is listening to something that she probably wasn’t supposed to be, either.
“There’s so many standards on this record – Blues Eyes Crying In The Rain, Down Yonder. It’s a classic all the way, very simple and pure, with melodies that really stay with you. Willie’s guitar playing is fantastic. He uses that same old guitar that he’s used for decades, too. What a sound he has.
“Of course, I have a sentimental attachment to Red Headed Stranger, but I can also say that it’s filled with great, timeless music. It’s another one of the albums that made me want to pursue playing country.”