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When it came time for the creator to grade his admirer's papers, it seems that the inevitable "how'd I do, Willie?" conversation was brief.
"He said it was really interesting stuff and said, Who's that lap steel player?' I said, That's Nels Cline,' and he said, He's far out,'" says Bozulich.
So with a permanent endorsement from Nelson, Carla returned home and indulged in the business part of the music business -- trying to contextualize a heartfelt avant-garde recording of a classic country album from 1975.
Think hard -- we sure did. How many front-to-back covers of well-known albums by lesser-known artists can you name? Camper Van Beethoven blasted through Fleetwood Mac's 1979 opus Tusk on a whim during downtime while recording their Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart. The Easy Dub All Stars, a hodgepodge of longtime reggae players assembled by indie label Easy Dub, covered The Dark Side of the Moon as Dub Side of the Moon.
But it is safe to say the whole-album cover racket is rarely tapped. What, then, inspired Bozulich, a very capable musician with an unconventional bent, to go ahead and cover Red Headed Stranger? Wasn't she even a little intimidated to take on such a famous recording?
"People ask me that a lot, and I am sure the right answer is yes," Bozulich says. "But I just didn't think about it at the time. I was just really compelled to do it. It felt really natural, so I did it. I guess if I would have thought about that and gotten all freaked out about it, I wouldn't have done it, but it didn't even occur to me. I just did it."