7" £1.99 SL033
Ltd 7" edn of 300 on Sophomore Lounge.
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John Wesley Coleman III and Sophomore Lounge head honcho bond over a love of singer-songwriter Gary Stewart. A relatively unknown country blues singer, Gary Stewart had a patchy career that never quite took flight. Praised by many of his peers (Dylan included) he struggled to make a name for himself and eventually committed suicide after what seemed like a lifetime of personal tragedy. 'Ramona' featured on his 1988 'comeback' LP 'Brand New' and is presented here in all its outlaw/honky-tonk glory. It sounds very much like a lost mid 80's country classic. It's a very clean, well produced and well performed Nashville style piece that does, at times, bring to mind Dire Straits though this is likely due to my lack of appropriate reference points. It's covered under the slightly more ambiguous title of 'Oh Woman' by John Wesley Coleman III with the assistance of Sub Pop stoners Jaill and is dealt with respectfully by the artists whilst adding a lo-fi edge that smudges over the slickness of the original. For those of you into the country music, this will be a pleasant trip.
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