Matthew Houck/ Phosphorescent sing Willie Nelson’s, “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”

Hope you enjoy it!”

Last year Matthew Houck/Phosphorescent, from Brooklyn, NY, recorded an album of Willie Nelson songs (ones he’s written; ones he’s sung), titled “To Willie.”  It’s a beautiful collection of songs, and includes the one that Matthew sings here, “It’s not supposed to be that way.”

Last week or so, Matthew posted on his MySpace blog that his new album will be released in May.  I know I’m not the only one looking forward to it.  But in the meantime, if you haven’t heard, ‘To Willie,’ you can listen to cuts and download songs at

Phosphorescent are touring with Gray, and just recently got back from Europe and are beginning their U.S. Tour.  For tour information, visit

Paste Magazine named ‘To Willie’ their favorite Americana Album of 2009.

By Noah W. Bailey
Paste Magazine
Year in Review
We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favorite release of the year was still an album of classic Willie Nelson tunes. Go figure.

Phosphorescent To Willie (Dead Oceans)

It’s rare that a tribute album approaches the quality of the source material, rarer still when the source is Willie Nelson. Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck proves himself a master stylist on To Willie, however, probing the depths of the Red Headed Stranger’s catalogue and breathing new life into classic songs like “Walkin’” and “The Party’s Over.” In the case of “Reasons to Quit” and Houck’s beautiful space-gospel treatment of “Can I Sleep in Your Arms,” it’s safe to say he even one-upped the originals. No wonder Willie himself invited the band to play Farm Aid and join him for a little puff-puff-pass on the Honeysuckle Rose.

Farm Aid heroes (2009)

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