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01. From Here To The Moon & Back (With Dolly Parton)
02. She Was No Good For Me (With Miranda Lambert)
03. It Won’t Be Very Long (With The Secret Sisters)
04. Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends (With Rosanne Cash)
05. Far Away Places (With Sheryl Crow)
06. Bloody Mary Morning (With Wynonna Judd)
07. Always On My Mind (With Carrie Underwood)
08. Somewhere Between (With Loretta Lynn)
09. No Mas Amor (With Alison Krauss)
10. Back To Earth (With Melonie Cannon)
11. Grandma’s Hands (With Mavis Staples)
12. Walkin’ (With Norah Jones)
13. Till The End Of The World (With Shelby Lynne)
14. Will You Remember Mine (With Lily Meola)
15. Dry Lightning (With Emmylou Harris)
16. Making Believe (With Brandi Carlile)
17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain (With Paula Nelson)
18. After The Fire Is Gone (With Tina Rose)
Willie Nelson just announced that he’ll be dropping his highly anticipated ‘Heroes’ album May 15 with Legacy Recordings. The record will feature a variety of talents from within and beyond the country genre — names like Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.
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In contrast to the deeper picks of last year’sCountry Music, this year’s model has Nelson working through some of the most famous tunes in country music’s chart history. Included are signature hits from Ernest Tubb (“Remember Me”), Tennessee Ernie Ford (“Sixteen Tons”), George Jones (“Why Baby Why”), Hank Snow (“I’m Movin’ On”), Porter Wagoner (“A Satisfied Mind”), and many others. Nelson teams with Nashville session players and producer James Stroud (the ‘J’ in the R&J record label) to record surprisingly straightforward and twangy covers of fourteen selections. The singularity of Nelson’s artistry allows these simple recitations to escape the shadows cast by the original hits; the instant identifiably of his voice is all that’s needed to make these songs his own. The result finds Nelson easily sharing the stage with both the songs and their famous originators, as if he were a cabaret singer taking a stroll through the great American songbook. It’s just that the songbook in question is mostly Nashville’s rather than Tin Pan Alley’s.
The song list selects heavily from the 1950s, but dips back into the mid-40s and forward to Vern Gosdin’s 1989 hit “That Just About Does It.” The one pick from outside the country charts is Rosemary Clooney’s 1954 pop chart-topper “This Old House.” Nelson and Stroud set the latter into the song list with a light swing arrangement that’s half way between Clooney’s original and Shakin’ Stevens’ 1981 rockabilly cover. The swinging continues with Tex Williams’ “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” and Bob Wills’ “Roly Poly,” providing balance to ballads that include a wonderfully idiosyncratic take on Ray Price’s “Release Me.” It’s a mark of Nelson’s stature and impact on country music that his unique styling provides inspiration, rather than a challenge, for the assembled pickers. This is a fine, easy-going collection of covers, as much about Nelson as it is about the hits. The sessions turned out enough finished works for a second volume, which is expected next year.