Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther’s 1969 ‘Longbranch Pennywhistle’ LP to Be Re-Released 9/28

Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther’s 1969 ‘Longbranch Pennywhistle’ LP to Be Re-Released 9/28

The creative partnership between J.D. Souther and Glenn Frey was strong — and in 1969, the late Eagles front man/vocalist and Souther teamed up for a project they called Longbranch/Pennywhistle. That album will be reissued on September 28 via Geffen/UMe, and this will mark the LP’s return to vinyl for the first time since its initial run nearly 50 years ago.

More on the album:

Longbranch/Pennywhistle represented the budding essence of a songwriting team that would tap into something quite intuitively special that eventually took flight on such well-loved and enduring Eagles tracks to come such as “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” “Heartache Tonight” and “The Sad Café.” Agrees Souther, “Longbranch/Pennywhistle gives you some sort of foundation for what’s to come.”

Produced by Tom Thacker, Longbranch/Pennywhistle boasts an impressive list of top-tier collaborators including rockabilly guitar legend James Burton, slide maestro Ry Cooder, pedal-steel legend Buddy Emmons, Wrecking Crew pianist Larry Knechtel, session drummer Jim Gordon, bass master Joe Osborn, and fiddle player nonpareil Doug Kershaw.

A second album was never cut and the band subsequently broke up. Frey went on to co-found the Eagles, occasionally with Souther’s songwriting pen and vocal harmonies in tow, while Souther mainly focused on a successful solo career (“You’re Only Lonely,”) and the occasional duet with the likes of James Taylor (“Her Town, Too”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Prisoner In Disguise”), in addition to authoring signature hits interpreted by the likes of Dixie Chicks (“I’ll Take Care Of You”) that yet again served to redefine the country genre.

Reflected Souther about his late friend and colleague, Glenn Frey:

“Glenn Frey was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles,” Souther says. “We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon-to-be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley; but quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles, Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Trane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project.”

This reissued Frey/Souther collaboration will be released two weeks after Heart’s Ann Wilson pays tribute to Frey and other cherished artists with her Immortal album (she’ll cover the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” for that one).

Longbranch/Pennywhistle CD track listing:

1. “Jubilee Anne”

2. “Run Boy, Run”

3. “Rebecca”

4. “Lucky Love

5. “Kite Woman””

6. “Bring Back Funky Women”

7. “Star-Spangled Bus”

8. “Mister, Mister”

9. “Don’t Talk Now”

10. “Never Have Enough”

LP track listing

SIDE A

1. “Jubilee Anne”

2. “Run Boy Run”

3. “Rebecca”

4. “Lucky Love”

5. “Kite Woman”

6. “Bring Back Funky Women”

SIDE B

1. “Star Spangled Bus”

2. “Mister, Mister”

3. “Don’t Talk Now”

4. “Never Have Enough”

Catch Souther on his ongoing tour:

August 18 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

August 19 – Prescott, AZ @ Elks Opera House

August 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Music Instrument Theater

August 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Music Instrument Theater

October 11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theater

October 12 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House

October 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center – Cabaret Room

October 14 – Malibu, CA @ Pepperdine University Center for the Arts

October 16 – Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s

October 17 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater

October 18 – Saratoga, CA @ Montalvo Arts Center

October 20 – Sacramento, CA @ Sofia Center

November 1 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head

November 2 – Glen Allen, VA @ Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

November 3 – Norfolk, VA @ Attucks Theatre

November 4 – Washington, DC @ City Winery

November 5 – Washington, DC @ City Winery

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