As a special solstice treat, Peggy Sue are very happy to be giving away an alternate take on a favourite song, Longest Day of the Year Blues, from their most recent album featuring their friend Willy Mason.
The Choir of Echoes LP is out now via Wichita Recordings and the band are set to play a string of festival shows later this year.
Peggy Sue had always thought that a US drawl would be perfect for this tale of untimely lost love and Mr Mason delivers the sad story perfectly over a newly recorded, reverb-soaked, drum-less version of the song. And of course Katy and Rosa added their gorgeous harmonies to perfect this extra-melancholy take on the song.
In the words of the band: “We met Willy Mason dressed in formal wear, surrounded by fake plants at Laura Marling’s Secret Cinema album launch last summer where we were both secret guests. When we decided to do an alternative version of Longest Day of the Year Blues inspired by the country ballads of Lee Hazelwood we knew he was the man for the job. We sent him a slow guitar and voices track to sing to via the miracle of the internet and he sent us back the accapella vocal which we’ve been listening with a mix of pride and awe ever since. Now reunited with the backing track we are massively excited to present this special day-before-summer-solstice free download: Willy Mason sings Longest Day of the Year Blues.”