Those Pretty Wrongs
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New Album from Big Star's Jody Stephens & Luther Russell - Big Star drummer Jody Stephens had been friends with musician Luther Russell since the early '90s, but it wasn't until recently they decided to collaborate on a few songs. That collaboration sparked a new group and album, Those Pretty Wrongs. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens had been friends with musician Luther Russell since the early '90s, but it wasn't until recently they decided to collaborate on a few songs. That collaboration sparked a new group and album, Those Pretty Wrongs, which debuts on Speakeasy below. Also of note on "Those Pretty Wrongs": Stephens anchors a majority of the vocals for the first time in his career. He admits that the whole thing was a happy accident, and it was Russell who really convinced him to see it through. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer. - It was the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me that brought Jody and Luther together creatively, when Jody asked Luther to join him for some promo performances. A chemistry was immediately noticed. They began writing songs and performing them whenever possible, soon taking their name from the opening line of Shakespeare Sonnet 41, which they slipped into one of their first collaborations, "Fool Of Myself". Burger Records released the first track they cut in Memphis, "Lucky Guy", with "Fool Of Myself" as the flip side. There was an outpouring of support for the new music, which gave Jody and Luther the confidence to move forward. - We've wanted to keep this thing sounding and feeling personal from the start because it's extremely personal for both of us." Just like Luther's handmade collage inside the LP, the record is akin to a series of snapshots: of lives present and past, and fleeting moments of simple joy and reflection.