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Smile, With a Little Skin

Kelly Willis
written by Karl Straub


When Eric and I originally cut this in Bb, I spent a ridiculously long time trying to improvise the guitar solo. Jared finally just edited together about 16 different takes, for a composite version that made me sound better than I really was. i don't recall if we even knew Kelly Willis was going to sing it when we first recorded it, but we eventually pitched it down to G for Kelly, and then I had to recut the guitar solo in the new key. This time I just learned the composite version and nailed it in a couple takes. (Lest this appear to be an uncontrolled bragfest, I bungled it at the Nashville show, even though I'd practiced it endlessly. Eugene Chadbourne would probably interpret this as a parable about the dangers of excessive rehearsal.)