Willi Carlisle makes traditional country/folk that doesn't quite sound like anyone else. His latest single, "When the Pills Wear Off," has all of the elements of a classic folk song. There are even strings all over the song, but Carlisle just has his own thing going on to make it stand far out from the pack of current folk artists. Plus, as lovely as the song sounds, it's about losing friends to addictions. It's a mournful song that has just a little bit of a sense of humor to it. Everything about "When the Pills Wear Off" goes against everything else about the song, but things like that are why we love Willi Carlisle.
Willi Carlisle says of his latest single:
“It’s kind of about getting a little older, moving from hard drugs and hookups to bedroom sex and pharmaceuticals. It’s an amalgam of queer stories that I’ve heard, lived, and seen.”
You can listen to "When the Pills Wear Off" below. Critterland is due out January 26 on Signature Sounds, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. A portion of the proceeds of the song will go to Hope in the Hills, a West Virginia-based charity focused on recovery and wellness in Appalachia. For more on Willi Carlisle, check out the artist's website.