Lay it On The Table

Album: Marvin Country! (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This song from former Lone Justice bassist Marvin Etzioni's double album, Marvin Country!, features a vocal by the Alternative Country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, one of several guests on the set. It was not Etzioni's original intention to make it a multi-artist project. He told us: "It did not start out the way that it ended up at all. But once I realized I had all these pieces to the puzzle and I put them together and I looked at it or listened to it, I kind of accepted it for what it was."
  • This proved to be a completely different experience compared to his other collaborations because of the time it took. Etzioni told us: "I flew to Nashville with the two inch tapes, and we cut that vocal live to the track that was already existing. So that song took a long, long time for me to finish. I was really going for something, but it just took a long time."
  • Etzioni had the concept for Marvin Country! for a long time. He recalled to us: "It came from my friend, Steven Fishell, one of the musicians on the record, pedal steel player. At the time, in the late '80s, he was still living in LA. He called one day and says, 'I'm moving to Nashville.' I said, 'Before you leave, I was thinking about doing something called Marvin Country.' He goes, 'I love it. Let's do a show.' So we put together a show and we played at the Palomino. And then he left to Nashville, with other people I knew, as well." (Check out our interview with Marvin Etzioni for more).

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