I sat here listening this for the first time the other day and marvelled at what is going on in this song! It starts off like an ambling country standard and then in-slinks these bluesy slipstreams, whilst the vocals go all croony! What a mix…it works a treat and the more I listen to it, the more I LOVE it!!
Night life was the title track to country singer/guitarist, Ray Price’s sixth album, which was released in 1963. Backed by his regular touring band, the Cherokee Cowboys, the record was put out on Columbia Records and has since been included in Robert Dimery’s, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die!
The record also featured country great, Willie Nelson on vocals/bass and his inclusion in Ray Price’s band commenced in 1961. The profound musical relationship between Willie Nelson and Ray Price goes back to 1960 when Nelson, an aspiring singer-songwriter, moved to Nashville to further his career. Willie Nelson actually wrote the song, Night Life, after which it became Ray Price’s theme music and the song he’d use to open his shows. As a traveling musician, Price knew well of the “night life” depicted in Willie Nelson’s title track! It was life spent on the road full of hotels, bar rooms, one-night stands, heartache, and regrets. The album pays homage to that sinful life!
Night Life is a dreamy, debauched, musical gem! The vocals are divine and I love everything about it! Check it out above.