Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Willie Nelson: "Crazy (Demo Version)"

Last night while we were enjoying a few beverages at the always-lovely Rusty Knot, their DJ-slash-doorman played this killer track, and it just about blew our minds. It's semi-common knowledge that Willie Nelson wrote the Patsy Cline classic "Crazy", but this took things one step further: This is Willie's own 1961 demo of the very same track.

Not only are his vocals straight-up impecable, but the track itself is the picture of simplicity. With a quiet slide guitar, and gently moving rhythm, Nelson does his work more justice than Cline ever could, by letting the song speak for itself. Culled from 2003's "The Demo Sessions", we couldn't be happier that this gem managed to surface 42 years after its creation.

There are a lot of great Willie Nelson moments, but this one may take the cake.