Over the course of eight years, The Numero
Group has journeyed to scads of tiny island
nations in search of rare and previously
unknown recordings. This time we kept it a
little closer to home, unearthing a soul- folk
curiosity on the one-stop light cay of Nantucket.
By no means a thriving musical community in
the 70s or otherwise, the limerick-inducing
isle played hometo Greenwich Village folk
singer Willie Wright for a few years, producing
his second and final album in the process.
Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined
by Boston's counterculture scene, Wright
arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn
by two decades of street corner and club
performing, eager to make the easy money
only a private yacht clientele could guarantee.
Trapped on the island over winter, a set of
original songs poured into his cover-heavy
set. Tales of Wright's native roots, straight
life, his abandoned four children, and the
many women he had known flooded his loose
leaf notebook before finally being set to tape
in New York the following spring.
Tracked with George 'Buzzy' Bragg and Herry
Jensen (of Skull Snaps and Jimmy Castor
Bunch fame, respectively) in one day with
minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was,
and would remain, Willie Wright's brightest
and most inspired moment. Sold from the
trunk of a car and from a handful of resort
stages, the humble album disappeared into
the collections and garages of Nantucket
tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-
year career along with it.
Available for the first time since 1977, this
expanded edition of Telling The Truth
gathers Wright's lone 45 and only original
composition from his first LP to tell the
definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe
LP edition includes a replica 7' of his cover
of Curtis Mayfield's 'Right On For The
Darkness' (with his original 'Africa' on the
flip), while the CD takes that same single
and shrinks it to a portable 4.72' record
that actually plays!