Will Taylor & Strings Attached presents House of Wills
Songs of Willie Nelson in the Style of Bob Wills
Wistful Re-Imaginings of Lone Star Musical Heritage via Album, Tour, DVD
In the heart of Texas, one modern and pioneering “Will” of Texas swing music is uniting two legendary other "Wills" with the innovative and wistful House of Wills album and tour. Strings Attached founder and director Will Taylor has taken beloved songs from the Willie Nelson songbook, and re-imagined them in the style of western swing music pioneer Bob Wills. The album, mastered by John Hanlon—Neil Young's producer of 25 years—features vocals by Karen Mal and Steve Carter with arrangements for guitar, mandolin, trumpet, cello, upright bass, and Will Taylor on fiddle. The resulting album, making-of DVD, and Texas tour all began in Will’s south-of-South-Austin place in the country, which he and girlfriend/collaborator Karen Mal call "Woody's Place" after their dog. Literally conceived and recorded in the house of Will, this is far from the first foray into tributes for violinist and tireless Strings Attached leader Taylor. For the past decade, Taylor’s group has made a name for itself by reworking iconic swing music like the Beatles ‘White album’, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Rubber Soul as well as the hits of Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and Jimi Hendrix—adding jazz and roots flavors along with string arrangements to lovingly assembled acoustic renditions. Their performances in churches and sanctuaries are akin to a religious experience for fans of music so the act of reworking the renowned songs and sounds of two of Texas' most legendary country artists was not entered into lightly. In fact, the classically-trained Taylor went the long way around to playing fiddle in a country band.
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