Dallas Wayne Takes Fans Inside His Cover of Willie Nelson’s ‘Blame It on the Times’ [Exclusive Premiere]
Dallas Wayne is releasing a follow-up to his collection of classic country covers, and he's sharing his thoughts on one of the tracks exclusively with Taste of Country readers.
Wayne is a singer-songwriter and the host of SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country. In the clip above, hear Wayne's interpretation of "Blame It on the Times," a song Willie Nelson wrote in 1961 and released in 1978 on his Face of a Fighter album. Wayne puts an even more traditional country slant on his interpretation of Nelson's song, which appears on Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2.
Wayne released the first volume of his covers collection in 2016. "I couldn't do Volume 2 without putting another Willie Nelson song on the album," he says in the clip above. "We tried to find something that hadn't been done to death before, [and] we came across 'Blame It on the Times.' I remembered the song when it was originally recorded as kind of a calypso-type beat. We straightened it back out into a country shuffle, and I think it works pretty well."
Nelson himself has praised Wayne's new cover of his old song, saying, "Thanks for bringing this one back! Also, I love the Vern Gosdin cover, ‘Is It Raining at Your House.’ Remember our motto: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It.”
Wayne undertook the covers projects as a labor of love. He says the second volume "represents a continuing journey back to the songs that made me fall in love with classic country music. Together with the previous Songs the Jukebox Taught Me project, this collection of 25 songs is a tribute to the songwriters who crafted them, and the artists who sang them — the heroes and teachers who taught me this music."
Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2 is set for release on June 22. It is currently available for pre-order.
For more information about Dallas Wayne's projects and up upcoming tour dates, please visit his official website.
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