Friday, July 9, 2010

Phosphorescent's brush with greatness

It isn't every day that a big name artist you've admired for years walks into a joint where you're playing and agrees to come up on stage to sing your favourite tune of theirs. Matthew Houck must've thought he was living the dream last October when Willie Nelson turned up to see what Phosphorescent were puttin' down in St. Louis while touring in support of his To Willie (Dead Oceans) tribute to the timeless music of the great country tunesmith.
Unfortunately, the once-in-a-lifetime duet opportunity didn't work out exactly the way Houck imagined it would. On the upside, even if the situation doesn't inspire a song for the follow up to Phosphorescent's excellent new Here's To Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans) album, Matthew will still have a story he can use to introduce his cover of Reasons To Quit each time he sings it for years to come. On the off chance that Reasons To Quit isn't pencilled in for the encore at Phosphorescent's much-anticipated Toronto show at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West) on Saturday (July 10), you can hear Houck tell the tale in the following clip shot at The Ottobar in Baltimore back on October 14, 2009.

Reasons To Quit

It's Not Supposed To Be That Way

The snazzy award-winning storefront salute to the Here's To Taking It Easy album you see below belongs to the fine Toronto music boutique Soundscapes (572 College) who will be hosting a free in-store with Phosphorescent on Sunday (July 11) at 5 pm. It would be wise to arrive early and drink lots of water before you go. 


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