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one by willie nathaniel rateliffNathaniel Rateliff was a young music lover growing up in rural Missouri the first time he heard Leon Russell’s original recording of “A Song for You.” It had been the opening cut on Leon’s landmark, self-titled debut album in 1970, a sparsely arranged, exquisitely written ballad that pointed to the big star status that the longtime L.A.-by-way-of-Tulsa session player would soon achieve. Three years later, Willie would strip it down even further and record his own version with just vocal and guitar; it was the closing track on his 1973 masterpiece, Shotgun Willie, and arguably his first iconic interpretation of another composer’s work. Subscribe Apple Podcasts — Google Podcasts — Spotify — Stitcher (Read a transcript of this episode below.)On this week’s One by Willie,…

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