Bill Dees :: Tennessee Owns My Soul (1969)

Rough around the edges with driving drums, catchy guitar melodies, and even catchier harmonies and leads, the sound of Bill Dees' "Tennessee Owns My Soul" is not unlike Black Lips pre-Good Bad Not Evil material. Dees strong vocal lead with the two-part harmony brings X's John Doe and Exene to mind, only supplying the harmony on this tune is none other than Roy Orbison.

Which raises the question: who was Bill Dees? The man is virtually unsearchable online, with a scant Wikipedia page and not a single solo 45 or LP to his name, save . . .

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