with Kacey Musgraves
"In a business built on changes in cultural fashion, Willie Nelson seems very much the same as he was when he rose to national prominence in the mid-1970s -- still the same sinewy, off-the-beat, jazz-inflected voice, the same benign countenance and the same hippie / thrift-shop costuming."
Willie Nelson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is widely viewed as one of the most beloved and notorious country music singers in the world. He reached his greatest fame during the so-called "outlaw country" movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. In recent years he has continued to tour, record, and perform.
Willie's "On The Road Again" was voted the top driving song of all time.
If ever the words "living legend" were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Hugh Nelson.
The "Red Headed Stranger" is a legendary country singer and songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. He rose to fame in the 1970's with the release of his critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. Some of his most famous songs have become country music standards, such as "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy".
Willie's "On The Road Again" was voted the top driving song of all time. Too bad country's greatest outlaw can't seem to get on any road himself without getting stopped by the PO-PO. Jesus Christ, this guy is a 73-year-old national treasure who has places to go. Can't they just assume there's pot on his bus and mail him the bill? - Steve Palopoli
Alison Maria Krauss is a bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler who released her first album in 1987 before recording an album with Union Station, who she has been performing with ever since. Krauss has appeared on the soundtracks to several hit films, such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain. She has also won 27 Grammy Awards from 41 nominations, giving her the distinction of being the most awarded living recipient.
The title of Willie Nelson's solo debut on Blue Note Records, American Classic, refers as much to the man himself as to the storied Tin Pan Alley repertoire he explores on this elegant new set. While it's common now for mature pop artists to attempt to put their own stamp on the American Songbook, Nelson practically invented the approach. He set the standard for, well, playing the standards more than thirty years ago with Stardust.