The Little Willies

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The Little Willies
Little Willies SXSW 2006 crop.jpg
The Little Willies performing at SXSW in 2006. From left to right: Norah Jones, Dan Rieser, and Richard Julian.
Background information
OriginUnited States
GenresAlternative country
Years active2003 (2003)–present
LabelsMilking Bull

The Little Willies is an American alternative country supergroup formed in 2003.[1] It features Norah Jones on piano and vocals, Richard Julian on vocals, Jim Campilongo on guitar, Lee Alexander on bass, and Dan Rieser on drums.

The group formed around a love of country classics. Between members' regular gigs, they first played at New York City’s Living Room. The show led to a series of events, including a benefit concert for public radio station WFUV. The "loose-knit collective" found itself with a growing following. The Little Willies’ self-titled debut album has added to their popularity.

Their first album features covers of tracks by Fred Rose ("Roly Poly"), Hank Williams ("I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"), Willie Nelson ("Gotta Get Drunk" and "Nightlife"), Townes Van Zandt ("No Place to Fall") and Kris Kristofferson ("Best of All Possible Worlds"). Fusing cover material with a few of their own original compositions, the band delivers what a review by John Metzger describes as "an affable set that occasionally strikes pure gold."[2]

Their second album was released in January, 2012 and "features covers from a variety of down-home legends, including Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and many more."[3]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
The Little Willies
  • Release date: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Milking Bull
10 48
For the Good Times
  • Release date: January 6, 2012
  • Label: Milking Bull
9 45


  1. ^ Apar, Corey. "The Little Willies". Allmusic. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  2. ^ John Metzger (March 2006). "The Little Willies". The Music Box. 13 (3). Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Chris Coplan (October 2011). "Norah Jones-led The Little Willies ready album of country covers". Consequence Of Sound. Retrieved October 25, 2011.

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