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Songbird by Willie Nelson
Released: Oct 2006
Label: Lost Highway Records
Sure, Willie Nelson's foray into reggae with Countryman suggested he may have taken one toke too many, but 2005's follow up -- a dedication to the songs of Cindy Walker -- showed his ability as a vocalist and ambassador of American song. Songbird's elegant performance offers another late career triumph. Aided by producer and alt dreamboat Ryan Adams (and his band, the Cardinals), Nelson's renditions of the Dead's "Stella Blue," Cohen's "Hallelujah," Parsons' "$1000 Wedding" and Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" are lushly played and expertly interpreted.
Nate Cavalieri

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