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Willing Spirit

by Thuggee Tennessee

An Oz-land union of laid-back Sunday afternoon country-roots listening. They are songs of the land and songs of the people who, for better or worse, inhabit this land of Oz. They embrace the good, the bad, the happy, and the sad.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mudslide Blues
2:59 $0.99
2. Lady in Waiting
4:01 $0.99
3. Dick Desert & the Shotgun Country Club
4:35 $0.99
4. A Stockman's Passing
4:31 $0.99
5. Cuttin' Cane
4:44 $0.99
6. Always the Next Town
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Willing Spirit - Thuggee Tennessee

The will to create words and songs that speak to those who love the land takes flight here. It is a journey; a journey unending, and mostly unheard. But to listen is to begin to understand. This is our country ... this is our land.

Tony McCall writes songs of the land, songs about our indigenous people, train songs, cowboy songs, city songs, drug songs, blues, instrumentals. This ep is a sample of more to come. I hope you enjoy!

Tony McCall : Words & music

Vocals : Tony McCall
Drums : Darran Muller
Bass : Mark Peric
Pedal steel & dobro : Michel Rose
Violin & mandolin : Marcus Peter Holden
Guitars : Jeremy Williams
Backing vocals : Jeremy Williams & Melanie Evans

Produced by - Jeremy Williams
Recorded at - Tall Tree Recording Studios - Eatons Hill, Queensland (September 2012 – May 2013)

Mastered - Khesrow Rasta



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Review: Willing Spirit
The six-song debut release from Thuggee Tennessee is called Willing Spirit. Willing Spirit from Thuggee Tennessee begins with the track “Mudslide Blues”. The song features simple lyrics about the type of creatures found around the area that McCall calls home. It brings to mind the song “Louisiana Man” from Doug Kershaw. And with the inclusion of the fiddle playing by McCall on the track, there is more than just one comparison to that older tune.
The album continues with the song “Lady in Waiting”. The track takes on a feel that would remind some people of music from country artists from back in the 1960’s. “Lady in Waiting” once again features some strong playing on the fiddle and the mandolin that help to give the song that undeniable country sound.
With the track “Dick Desert and the Shotgun Country Club,” Thuggee Tennessee pays tribute to some of the best known artists that either call or have called the genre of Country music their own, including one Dick Desert from Warwick, Queensland in Australia. Along with paying tribute to the legends of Country from yesterday and today, the track also contains some of the best traditional Country music sound that has been created in a long time. And the pairing of the fiddle and the steel guitar together in the song once again gives the listener an undeniably authentic sounding track of country music. The resulting track sounds as good as anything that could have been created over here in Nashville.
As with many songwriters, Tony McCall deals with the pain of human existence. On the song “A Stockman’s Passing,” McCall writes a heartbreaking tale of a man whose life draws to an end and the moments leading up to that final breath when he is called from this life. The song writing ability of McCall is very evident on this track as you really do feel sorry for the stockman as he sees his life ending.
As with “A Stockman’s Passing,” the song “Cuttin’ Cane” finds McCall once again writing about the pain of human existence. On “Cuttin’ Cane,” McCall writes about the man who lives the day-to-day in the field working the various growing seasons. The style of the song brings to mind the writing style of Ontario-based singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot whose realistic writing style can also bring out the pain of existence.
Willing Spirit from Thuggee Tennessee is a release that calls upon the country music artists of the past. During the release, Tony McCall stays true to those influences while creating his style of country music. The six tracks that make up the Willing Spirit release contain enough country flavor to make any fan of the style happy.