Bill Kirchen, Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack – The Proper Years

Labels:The Last Music Company, Ltd.
Number of Tracks:1
Total Time:00:04:32
From the Album:The Proper Years
Available Date & Time: May 28 2020 06:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Jun 08 2020 00:00:00






Early Adds: WEXT, WOUB


This Merle Haggard classic sung by Lowe and Carrack, and accompanied by Bill Kirchen, hails from Kirchen's upcoming "Proper Years" retrospective, out July 24th.



Bill Kirchen, Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack "…take on Merle Haggard’s 1971 ballad with sweeping harmonies reminiscent of the Everly Brothers. Twangy guitar, softly strummed acoustic guitar, and piano coming together to complement the crooning bring to mind country music titans like George Jones while also staying faithful to Haggard’s original. This is a beautiful honky tonk song, but Kirchen, Lowe and Carrack manage to inject it with a touch of their pop shared pop sensibility. In true Bill Kirchen fashion, he also manages to sneak a twangified blues-surf guitar solo smack dab in the middle of the song as a gentle reminder that, while this may be a Haggard tune, it has that unmistakeable Kirchen stamp…." ~ Glide Magazine, May 27, 2020


“I met Nick Lowe briefly at London’s Dingwalls Club in the early 70s when he was in Brinsley Schwartz. We reconnected when Austin de Lone snagged him to produce our second Moonlighters album, which was released on his esteemed manager Jake Riviera’s Demon Records imprint. Not only a soulful singer, songwriter, bass and guitar player, Nick is a formidable and fascinating theoretician concerning all matters musical. I’ve played on three of his albums and toured the world with him as his guitarist. That is one of the few jobs on this planet I find as enjoyable as my usual gig, travelling and playing with my own crew. We re-assembled his 1993-4 recording and touring band The Impossible Birds (Nick, Robert Treherne, Geraint Watkins, Paul Riley and myself) plus Austin de Lone for my previous Proper album – Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods. Nick and Paul (Carrack) tell me they had Merle Haggard’s Shelly’s Winter Love by the Osbourne Brothers on a tape while touring the USA and would sing it together on the bus. Why reinvent the wheel, I thought? I just let ‘em at it and tried not to get in the way.
I met Paul Carrack through Nick Lowe and consider him one of the finest singers I have ever heard. I played with him when either he or I sat in with the other. He’s sung on more hits with more bands than anyone I can think of, from How Long with Ace, through Tempted with Squeeze and The Living Years with Mike and The Mechanics. Nick and Paul were a deadly combination as the alternated fronting Nick Lowe’s Cowboy Outfit.


This reading of Shelly’s Winter Love may be the only time someone has sung a Haggard tune where I liked the vocal better than the original. Paul could sing these liner notes and they’d no doubt rocket up the charts.”  ~ Bill Kirchen



Lisa Best
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