When Carla Bozulich set out to record a cover of this classic Willie Nelson concept album, she never dreamed that Willie Nelson himself would be interested in playing on it. Sure enough, a few weeks after he'd heard a tape on his tour bus, Carla was in his Austin studio recording duets with him. When frequent collaborator Nels Cline formed the all-instrumental Nels Cline Singers with Scott Amendola on drums and Devin Hoff on upright bass, it turned out that they were all closet country fanatics and there was a convergence of sorts around The Red Headed Stranger. Her idea of combining seemingly odd elements (jazz, improvisation, raga, caberet) with a traditionally country feel was brought to life by these highly inventive players. During a 24-date tour in April, 2002, Tzadik recording artist Jenny Scheinman joined the quartet on violin for a few shows and added soul and character to the recordings.
Carla has been recording and performing music since the early 1990s and has played in the groups: The Geraldine Fibbers, Scarnella, Ethyl Meatplow, and Evangelista, just to name a few. She is perhaps best known for the range of her powerful voice and the intensity of her on stage performances.
This is the first time this album has been released on vinyl. It was originally released as a compact disc on Dicristina Stair Builders in 2003. This version includes the bonus track "Lonesome Roads" which was written by Carla and originally appeared on the compact disc compilation For A Decade of Sin on Bloodshot Records.
Released in a pressing of 500 records on 140 gram black vinyl. Records come in a hand die-cut chipboard jacket with a photograph inserted in it and a screen-printed backside. Includes a Risograph print insert on heavy chipboard and a digital download card.
01 Time of the Preacher 02 I Couldn't Believe It Was True 03 Medley: Time of the Preacher, Blue Rock Montana, Red Headed Stranger 04 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 05 Red Headed Stranger 06 Time of the Preacher Theme 07 Just As I Am 08 Denver / O'er The Waves 09 Down Yonder 10 Can I Sleep In Your Arms? 11 Remember Me 12 Hands on the Wheel 13 Bandera 14 Lonesome Roads