Comprised of five friends with a passion for classic Southern songs, The Little Willies will release their second album—For the Good Times—this coming Tuesday, Jan. 10 via Milking Bull Records.
The country collective, which includes the lovely Norah Jones on pianos and vocals, Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo on guitars, Lee Alexander on bass and Dan Rieser on drums began with an impromptu New York City show in 2003. For their 2006 self-titled debut, the group recorded a collection of original songs and twangy covers.
For the Good Times, however, stays mainly in the covers territory, save for one song by composed by Campilongo. The quintet offers reverent interpretations of songs originally written or popularized by Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson (whose music supposedly inspired the band’s name), Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and others.
While The Little Willies don’t plan on touring this record, the group will play a one-off show on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at TicketWeb.
For now, though, stream For the Good Times in its entirety at NPR.