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Bluegrass

Willie Nelson

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For what we are told is his 74th solo studio longplayer (well, who's counting?), the absolute force of nature that is Willie Nelson has chosen to revisit some of the best songs from his own catalog—including "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," "A Good Hearted Woman," and "Bloody Mary Morning"—and record them in a bluegrass vein. This infectious, high keening sound, bluegrass, coined and minted in the 1950s by Bill Monroe and friends in the hills of Kentucky, has always been more of a subtle influence on Nelson's own sound; his obvious earliest influence was the Western swing perfected by Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys. Monroe did perform at Live Aid in 1990 and once recorded a duet with Nelson, but this entire project seemed a bit out of left field upon its announcement. Thankfully, Bluegrass is nothing aside from a delightful surprise.

With crisp production duties overseen by longtime producer Buddy Cannon, the band assembled here is a who's who of modern bluegrass: Ron Block (banjo), Josh Martin (acoustic guitar), Rob Ickes (dobro), Barry Bales (upright bass), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Dan Tyminski (mandolin), Seth Taylor (mandolin) and Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, gut string guitar). Curiously, Nelson made the album without one of his nearest and dearest companions. The record could be seen in part as a tribute to Nelson's longtime sideman, guitarist Jody Payne, who played with Nelson from 1973 until his death in 2013.

He told AARP that it's the first album where he "didn't play 'Trigger' since I've had him," referring to the busted-up Martin N-20 acoustic guitar Nelson first got in 1969—as much a part of Willie Nelson's entire vibe as his long hair and wide smile. Because Nelson was reared on Western swing, one assumes that it would take more practice to shoehorn his jazzy, laconic style into these reworkings.

What might be the sappy equivalent of those truckstop knockoff bluegrass tributes to individual artist records turns out to be a wonderful addition to Nelson's catalog. Bluegrass interpretations by well-known country stars continue to be successful, for as diverse an array as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, and Sturgill Simpson. And the music's resurgence sees no signs of slowing, thanks to such stalwarts as Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings, and Railroad Earth. Nelson's entry, recorded just before his 90th birthday, will age well. As with Tony Bennett or Miles Davis at the end of their own careers, Nelson is clearly kept alive, and buoyantly so, by the power of his music, and his fans' devotion for it. © Mike McGonigal/Qobuz

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1
No Love Around
00:03:13

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
00:05:12

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - seth taylor, Mandolin - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

3
A Good Hearted Woman
00:04:58

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Waylon Jennings, Composer, Lyricist - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Sad Songs and Waltzes
00:03:38

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Home Motel
00:04:24

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

6
You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago
00:04:18

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Yesterday's Wine
00:03:27

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Bloody Mary Morning
00:03:04

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Dan Tyminski, Mandolin - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Slow Down Old World
00:02:14

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - seth taylor, Mandolin - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Still Is Still Moving To Me
00:04:00

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Melonie Cannon, Background Vocal - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - seth taylor, Mandolin - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

11
On the Road Again
00:02:40

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - seth taylor, Mandolin - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Man With the Blues
00:02:20

Bobby Terry, Acoustic Guitar - Willie Nelson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer - BUDDY CANNON, Producer, Background Vocal - RON BLOCK, Banjo - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Tony Castle, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal - Barry Bales, Acoustic Bass - Steve Chadie, Recording Engineer - Mark Rothbaum, Executive Producer - Josh Martin, Acoustic Guitar - Sean Badum, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Darby, Assistant Engineer - seth taylor, Mandolin - Taylor Chadwick, Assistant Engineer - Luke Armentrout, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Friga, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment

Albumbeschreibung

For what we are told is his 74th solo studio longplayer (well, who's counting?), the absolute force of nature that is Willie Nelson has chosen to revisit some of the best songs from his own catalog—including "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," "A Good Hearted Woman," and "Bloody Mary Morning"—and record them in a bluegrass vein. This infectious, high keening sound, bluegrass, coined and minted in the 1950s by Bill Monroe and friends in the hills of Kentucky, has always been more of a subtle influence on Nelson's own sound; his obvious earliest influence was the Western swing perfected by Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys. Monroe did perform at Live Aid in 1990 and once recorded a duet with Nelson, but this entire project seemed a bit out of left field upon its announcement. Thankfully, Bluegrass is nothing aside from a delightful surprise.

With crisp production duties overseen by longtime producer Buddy Cannon, the band assembled here is a who's who of modern bluegrass: Ron Block (banjo), Josh Martin (acoustic guitar), Rob Ickes (dobro), Barry Bales (upright bass), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Dan Tyminski (mandolin), Seth Taylor (mandolin) and Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, gut string guitar). Curiously, Nelson made the album without one of his nearest and dearest companions. The record could be seen in part as a tribute to Nelson's longtime sideman, guitarist Jody Payne, who played with Nelson from 1973 until his death in 2013.

He told AARP that it's the first album where he "didn't play 'Trigger' since I've had him," referring to the busted-up Martin N-20 acoustic guitar Nelson first got in 1969—as much a part of Willie Nelson's entire vibe as his long hair and wide smile. Because Nelson was reared on Western swing, one assumes that it would take more practice to shoehorn his jazzy, laconic style into these reworkings.

What might be the sappy equivalent of those truckstop knockoff bluegrass tributes to individual artist records turns out to be a wonderful addition to Nelson's catalog. Bluegrass interpretations by well-known country stars continue to be successful, for as diverse an array as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, and Sturgill Simpson. And the music's resurgence sees no signs of slowing, thanks to such stalwarts as Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings, and Railroad Earth. Nelson's entry, recorded just before his 90th birthday, will age well. As with Tony Bennett or Miles Davis at the end of their own careers, Nelson is clearly kept alive, and buoyantly so, by the power of his music, and his fans' devotion for it. © Mike McGonigal/Qobuz

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