The record touches on topics ranging from racism, drinking and prison, standard topics for the genre, but does so in a unique way. Lee Hazelwood and Waylon Jennings are touchstones, but the record sounds like its own thing, beholden only to its creator.
Vernon passed away in Tucson in 1979, just 7 years after this record was released.
Details: Link Wray, Wasted, 1972 on Vermillion Records (re-issued this year by Sebastian Speaks)
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Google Search Reveals: In addition to the aforementioned links, Wray site WraysShacks3Tracks has a great bio on Vernon.
Who Bought This: 400 lucky Tusconians. That's how many copies were pressed and sold at Tucson shows.
Vernon Wray- When I Start Drinkin' by OBSCURO @ PHXMUSIC.COM
Vernon Wray- Prison Song by OBSCURO @ PHXMUSIC.COM