I was looking through an old box of press clippings, preparing for the release of Del Rio, TX Revisited, and I found this note from Jay Leno.
“Just Call Me Lonesome” was my first single as a solo artist and has become a signature song for me, but it never would have been recorded if Tim DuBois hadn’t held my feet to the fire.
I had compiled the songs I wanted to record. Tim, who was the head of my record label at the time, said, “You’ve got everything you need–except for a first single. Until we have that, we can’t start recording.”
So I went to his office every Friday for six weeks with two or three new songs. Each time he’d say, “Well, those are pretty good, but you still don’t have that first single.”
Needless to say, I was frustrated. Finally, after a session where I had played three other songs, I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a Buck Owens-style shuffle, that I wrote with my buddy George Ducas. I don’t think it’s all that special, but I’ll play it for you.” And I started into “Lonesome.”
By the time I was done, he was literally standing on his desk, saying, “That’s it! That’s it!” And he was right. It just goes to show I’m not always the best judge of my own songs.
When we went in to record these new versions, this song fell right into place. That’s Martie Mcguire (from the Dixie Chicks) on fiddle, Jon Randall on guitar and background vocals, Steve Fishell on dobro and Michael Ramos on accordion. –Radney
Listen to a clip of the song here:
Del Rio, TX: Unplugged and Lonesome is out now! Order here.
“Twenty years ago, as I was in the studio making my first solo album, Tim DuBois turned to me and said, “This sounds so West Texas. What year were you born?” When I told him, he said, “Why don’t we call the record Del Rio, Texas, 1959.’’
Twenty years later, I still get requests for songs from that record every night. Fans have asked for a new version (since it is longer available on CD), but I didn’t want to just go and record a hack version of the original. I wanted to revisit the songs, from the place I am now. So I invited some of my favorite musical friends, and we recorded live to tape, gathered together in one room—unplugged, no headphones, no vocal booth. What happened that weekend was magical, and we decided to let it show, with all the rough edges intact. I’m in awe of the players who gave of themselves and can’t thank them enough.” — Radney
Del Rio, Texas Revisted: Unplugged and Lonesome will be released August 14.
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When Foster decided to revisit his classic solo debut, he also reimagined it. Recorded live to tape in Austin, Radney brought in a group of friends and world class musicians to record an entirely new collection. “These songs are still as real to me,” Foster says. “They take on different meanings because it is 20 years later, but the stories still resonate.”
Stay tuned for more info and sneak peaks!