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With such country legends as Bob Wills, Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold, and Ernest Tubb recording Cindy Walker's songs, a mid-century Texas dance floor could have stayed packed on a soundtrack of nothing but her music. You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker could be likened to a country version of Stardust, Willie's famous 1978 collection of recast pop standards. Therein lies the beauty of Cindy Walker's songs, and the gift that is Willie Nelson singing them: sixty years from now, no one will write or sing a country song so well. 2006.

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Though Willie Nelson's thematic albums in recent years have been hit-and-miss, this labor of love is a thorough delight. One Texas legend pays tribute to another and evokes the inspiration of a third, as Nelson puts his stylistic signature on the songbook of Cindy Walker, with arrangements channeling the spirit of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (whose most familiar songs include many of Walker's). Nelson's conversational phrasing refreshes the familiar title track and brings out the soulful depths of heartfelt (and heartsick) balladry such as "Not That I Care." The nimble band features the interplay of Playboys alum Johnny Gimble on fiddle and the legendary Buddy Emmons on steel guitar, under the production of Nashville veteran Fred Foster. Saloon songs such as "Bubbles in My Beer" and "The Warm Red Wine" meet the mythic West of "Cherokee Maiden" and "Dusty Skies" and the weathered resilience of "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age" and "I Don't Care," as the collection pays testament not only to Walker's range, but to Nelson's interpretive mastery. --Don McLeese

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  4. Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age (Album Version) 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You Don't Know Me (Album Version) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Sugar Moon (Album Version) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Dusty Skies (Album Version) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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13. I Was Just Walkin' Out The Door (Album Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000E1NX4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have found that there are four types of country-minded songwriters. The first two (those who can't write, and those whose artistic success comes sporadically, at best), I won't bother with. The third category of songwriters are those who create elaborate tapestries with words. These are your Dylan's and Kristofferson's; artists who milk language for everything it is worth (I'm not insulting their talent; I personally am a big Kristofferson fan). The fourth type of songwriter uses simple language; they keep it real and honest, and cut straight to the bone. This is where Cindy Walker (and, not-coincidently, Willie Nelson) falls.

This album is a testament to the honesty of country music. Want proof? I saw the video of "You Don't Know Me" and immediately went out and bought the album. Why? Because it summarizes, word for word, what I'm going through in my life right now. How about "Not That I Care," with its subtle blend of sorrow and non-chalance? Or the heartbreaking "Dusty Skies?" Or the witty "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age?" Or the genuinely romantic "I Don't Care?" These are songs that cut to the quick, that grab your heart and don't let go. This is a 13-track journey through the heart and soul of what makes country music the honest, hard-working music it is.

Aside from a stirring tribute to one of country's greatest songwriters, YOU DON'T KNOW ME: THE SONGS OF CINDY WALKER is a testament to the artistic capabilities of Willie Nelson. His voice has never sounded finer, as he sings straight from the heart. The album also features the return of producer extraordinaire Fred Foster, who introduced the world to such artists as Roy Orbison and the afore-mentioned Kris Kristofferson.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HagFan on March 14, 2006
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Since I've been a fan of Willie Nelson's since the eary '70's I think I'm a pretty good judge of his work. For the last 5 or 6 years Willie has been devoting alot of his career to singing with alot of the newer Country artists who admire Willie's work for many reasons. I mention that because even though I have enjoyed alot of that vein that he was in, I continually was longing for just good 'ole "Willie Nelson" music. During that period Willie's voice often seemed to be weakening, which I guess you can expect from a 73 year-old singer who has been doing 200 plus shows a year for more than 30 years. Then, all of a sudden Willie puts out an album in 2004 titled "It Always Will Be", and knocks my socks off! The voice is sounding better, and the selection of songs was fantastic. If you Willie fans don't have it, buy it and sit back and relax, and enjoy yourself.

Now today, March 14, 2006, Willie releases something that he's wanted to do for years, a tribute to the great Texas songwriter, Cindy Walker called "You Don't Know Me". Well folks, I think with this one and the previous album I mentioned, we finally have Willie back again, doing what he does best.This is one of the best albums Willie has done in the past dozen years. His voice is stronger than it's been in a long time. Every song out of the 13 are winners, not a bad cut on the album. The only thing that I was upset with was when it was over. I wanted more. It's that good. And, what an all-star lineup of musicians Willie has playing with him. To name the ones who really stand out: Buddy Emmons on Steel Guitar, who Willie has played with it seems like his whole career; Gordon More on piano, and as good as he's ever been, the great Johnny Gimble, Willie's old buddy from Bob Wills and His Texas Playboy fame.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Gervickas on March 19, 2006
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This is an excellent CD. The songs are (of course) outstanding, and Willie (for the most part) does a great job. The musicianship is first class, and the production is well-done. My only complaint is that Willie screws up "Bubbles in my beer"! I've heard the original many, many times and also Willie's version on "Shotgun Willie". Listen to both, and you'll see what I mean. He kind of turns the bridge into a chorus. Other than that, this is a good listen all the way through. Standouts include "It's all your fault", "Warm red wine", "Miss molly", and "Sugar moon". Anyone who likes Willie doing swing and jazz (my favorite style of his) will dig this CD
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Schaefer on July 8, 2006
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Listening to this cd I am amazed at the variety of talents all on one cd (why one though? I do hope there is a vol 2 in the vaults somewhere) Last month you could have asked me who Cindy Walker was and I honestly didn't have a clue - but listening to all these songs, that I already knew from a variety of artists; the woman bowls me over.

Everyone involved on this cd is a master in their own right and the end product is pure joy for the speakers. Their love, and respect, for good music is evident and I am most grateful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sam on March 31, 2006
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Willie Nelson makes up for what he has lost in voice with a great singer and songwriter's insights into the work of another very fine songwriter, Cindy Walker. This is Willie Nelson's best work in at least a decade, perhaps longer. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jan Keys on August 19, 2006
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Cindy Walker has written some of the best known country songs for many, many years for some of the best artists we have had. "You Don't Know Me", "Sugar Moon", and "Cherokee Maiden" will delight any country music fan, especially if you like Willie Nelson and the flare he adds. "Bubbles In My Beer" is a fun song while "Take Me In Your Arms" can tug at your heart. This CD is a wonderful tribute to a lady who gave so much to the music industry.
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