In 1963, Lee Hazlewood released his debut album “Trouble Is A Lonesome Town” to little fanfare. It was a collection of solo acoustic songs stitched together with a narrative that described life in a fictional small town inhabited by outlaws, thieves, and down-and-out labourers.
The album was hokey, but hip – corny, but cool. It evoked a bygone era of pastoral American towns and their sometimes-seedy underbellies. Hazlewood had originally intended the songs as demos for his publisher, in hopes that other artists might someday record them. Half a century later, the music collective known as Thriftstore Masterpiece has done exactly that.
Producer and bandleader Charles Normal explains “I first came across the record around the turn of the millennium while living in Oslo, Norway. I found it in a secondhand junk shop and it struck a nostalgic note somewhere within me. It made me homesick for the panoply of Americana I had experienced while slumming it in the Southwestern border towns and California desert whistle stops I drifted through when I first started playing music on the road…”
Through Thriftstore Masterpiece, Charles Normal has reimagined “Trouble Is A Lonesome Town” as a fully orchestrated affair and has enlisted a few of his talented friends to help out on vocal duties including Frank Black(Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Courtney Taylor-Taylor (Dandy Warhols), Kristin Blix (Guards of Metropolis), the late Larry Norman, Eddie Argos (Art Brut) and Pete Yorn.
“Trouble Is A Lonesome Town” will be released on 12 July through Side One Dummy Records/Shock
TROUBLE IS A LONESOME TOWN TRACKLISTING
1. LONG BLACK TRAIN – FEATURING FRANK BLACK
2. UGLY BROWN -FEATURING LARRY NORMAN
3. SON OF A GUN- FEATURING FRANK BLACK
4. WE ALL MAKE THE FLOWERS GROW- FEATURING KRISTIN BLIX
5. RUN BOY RUN – FEATURING FRANK BLACK
6. SIX FEET OF CHAIN- FEATURING PETE YORN
7. THE RAILROAD- FEATURING ISAAC BROCK
8. LOOK AT THAT WOMAN – FEATURING COURTNEY TAYLOR-TAYLOR
9. PECULIAR GUY- FEATURING EDDIE ARGOS
10. TROUBLE IS A LONESOME TOWN – FEATURING LARRY NORMAN