Published Sep 06, 2017At the sprightly age of 79, Bill Withers has released his first new recording in 32 years.
The legendary soul singer has contributed a cover of 1970 tune "(You've Been Quite a Doll) Raggedy Ann" to a Little Jimmy Dickens compilation dubbed The Rhinestone Hillbilly: A Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens.
The homage to the country great features artists that hail from Dickens' home state of West Virginia (or at least have a strong connection to it). Withers himself was born and raised in the Mountain State's Slab Fork.
On his rendition of "(You've Been Quite a Doll) Raggedy Ann," Withers maintains the spoken word style of the original, but punctuates it with a backdrop of marimba-driven rhythms. Listen to it below.
Dickens passed away in 2015 at the age of 94. The Rhinestone Hillbilly: A Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens is officially out now.