I love this CD. I have loved Willie Nelson for many years. He is a real country artist, although his music transcends musical boundaries. His voice is unique, and so is his guitar picking. I can always recognize his guitar playing. These selections are all beautiful and make me emotional. I have listened to it over and over this week, may 9 or 10 times so far.
Make no mistake about it - Willie Nelson is a national treasure and his latest shows him at his best. You'd expect someone in his 70's to sound it, but Willie sounds just as good - if not better - than he has in years. That great, vibrant voice is just as strong as ever. Why he persists in making some of the duet albums he's been making over the past few years is anyone's guess, but I suppose when you're Willie Nelson, you can do just about anything you want. Willie is meant to be heard as Willie - not Willie and someone else! This is a Country album - not a semi-Country, semi-Pop album like some of the ones Willie's put out over the years - what you get here is pure Country, Willie Nelson style - and after hearing Willie doing some of the songs, anyone else's version pales by comparison. Only gets 4 stars (actually 4 1/2) because of the inclusion of a couple of Gospel tunes which could have been replaced with other, better tunes. Despite that - still a great album!
The newest Willie Nelson release Country Music hits the mark for listeners, especially those of us now living in town away from the country. He combines a blend of something new and somethng old for those of us who may no longer hit the joints but still like to keep our feet moving and toes tapping.