Billy Edd Wheeler

I Ain't the Worryin' Kind

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I Ain't the Worryin' Kind was Billy Edd Wheeler's final album for Kapp. He enjoyed substantial success as a songwriter as well as commercial success with his first Kapp album, Memories of America/Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back, but ultimately proved to be a little too quirky for the country mainstream. Wheeler made a distinctive variety of singer/songwriter music for a modest but loyal audience, similar to John Prine or John Stewart. All but three of the songs on I Ain't the Worryin' Kind were written by Wheeler; the others were contributed by Alex Harvey, a protegé of Wheeler's who had a songwriting hit the same year with "Ruben James" and, in 1972, with "Delta Dawn." Wheeler's title track was a minor country hit and the album is full of the kind of moody, sophisticated country songs for which he is known. "Forever Is a Long, Long Time" is a devastatingly melancholy love song, while "Gladys (The Anatomy of a Shotgun Wedding)" is a humorous one with triple rhymes and other wordplay. "Let the Big Cat Jump" is a sort of barroom "Que Sera, Sera" that injects a small dose of rockabilly the way "Blistered" did on Memories of America. A few of the songs, such as "I Ain't Buyin'" and "Maggie," were recorded by other artists, but none of the songs achieved the level of fame that many of Wheeler's earlier songs did. Regardless, no apologies are due for I Ain't the Worryin' Kind, another excellent album from Wheeler's poignant pen.