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Steve Gunn was an eighteen-year-old music lover partial to hardcore punk and rap when he bought his first Willie album, a used copy of Red Headed Stranger, at a Philadelphia record store in the mid-nineties. Even then, his favorite song on the album was “Hands on the Wheel.” It’s RHS’s penultimate track, the song in which Willie’s roaming, vengeful preacher finally finds love and a home, and for Steve, who also happened to be a budding guitarist, Willie’s quiet, meditative Trigger solo at the end of the song was the perfect way to wrap up the story. “It was like he’d said what he had to say, and now he was expressing it with his guitar,” recalls Steve. “It was almost like he was riding…
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