Willie Nelson – To All the Girls…

A collection of duets with women. I guess when you have been in the music making business as long as Willie Nelson has (since the late 1950s) there are very few things you haven’t done yet. Somehow despite his over sixty years of making music Willie Nelson manages to keep things fresh no matter how hokey the concept of his album is. Then when you think about it longer it is not hokey at all as Willie has made a career out of recording very romantic music. The man has always been a romantic at heart. Despite the fact that the songs are all about love, the kind that works or doesn’t, the sound of the album is varied from folk to country to pop. The majority are of the slow and weepy variety. Some of the eighteen (!) songs are reworkings of songs he previously recorded. The fact that he has gotten some really talented ladies like Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, Shelby Lynne, Mavis Staples, Roseanne Cash, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, and Alison Krauss to work with him doesn’t hurt one bit. My two favourites are the beautiful “From Here to the Moon and Back” with Dolly and a reworking of the classic “Always on My Mind” with Carrie Underwood. Amazingly at the age of eighty he shows no signs of having to be carried vocally by his partners. Thankfully for music lovers’ sake, Willie shows no signs of retiring or even slowing down.

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