“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:
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