Lee Hazlewood spent a good part of the late 1960s traveling the globe, cutting records and inking business deals.
A string of hits with Nancy Sinatra enabled Hazlewood to build a mini media empire ‘Lee Hazlewood Industries’ and afforded him nearly unlimited resources…for a time.
By the end of the decade LHIRecords had burned piles of cash, gone through a half dozen distributors and failed to achieve the kind of chart success “Boots” had promised.
Fortunately for Lee there was a land where he was still on the top of the charts, a place where women flowed like Brannvin…Sweden was calling.
While on an LHI promotional tour in Stockholm, Lee crossed paths with Swedish director Torbjörn Axelman. “I met Lee through my script girl, in Stockholm in 1969,” remembers Axelman. “We noticed we had very many similarities, interests, and the same backgrounds. It led to many productions during our 38 years of close partnership and friendship.” The partnership showed Lee the way forward and allowed him an easy exit strategy from the LHI house of cards that was crumbling in Los Angeles.
Cowboy in Sweden is quite possibly the purest distillation of the Hazlewood sound; lush melancholy country pop with a pinch of humor, a dash of bummer , some beautiful ladies to sing with and even a couple anti-war protest songs to be topical.
Ladies and gents, the Swedish cowboy is back for another ride.