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Willie Nelson & Friends : Stars & Guitars


An A-list of musically diverse acolytes surrounds the venerable country icon on this concert recording, which pays richer dividends than its studio-album predecessor, The Great Divide. Artists from Sheryl Crow to Norah Jones and Vince Gill to Keith Richards help celebrate one of the richest legacies in American music.

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Though some hit-and-miss is inevitable, the teaming with Richards, Ryan Adams, and Hank Williams III on “Dead Flowers” romps all over the Rolling Stones’ original, while the duet with mentor Ray Price, who enjoyed an early hit with Nelson’s “Night Life,” shows a sense of history too often missing from such demographic-driven projects. Other highlights include the sweet-voiced balladry of Jones on “Lonestar” and a luminous rendition of “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” by Gill. As for the misfires: Adams and Nelson sound like they’re in different keys on Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come”; Toby Keith isn’t even a poor man’s Waylon Jennings on “Good Hearted Woman”; and the very idea of Matchbox Twenty singing “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” is ludicrous. Even when the material and guest vocalists don’t mesh, Nelson’s guitar punctuation remains an understated (and underrated) delight. –Don McLeese



1.   “Whiskey River” (duet with Sheryl Crow) Johnny Bush, Paul Stroud 2:39
2.   “Good Hearted Woman” (duet with Toby Keith) Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson 4:09
3.   “Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)”” (duet with Rob Thomas) Rob Thomas 4:01
4.   “Mendocino County Line” (duet with Lee Ann Womack) Matt Serletic, Bernie Taupin 4:30
5.   “Always on My Mind” (duet with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora) Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson 3:53
6.   “Night Life” (duet with Ray Price) Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Nelson 4:25
7.   “Dead Flowers” (duet with Ryan Adams, Keith Richards and Hank Williams III) Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 4:55
8.   “”Lonestar”” (duet with Norah Jones) Lee Alexander 3:33
9.   “Stardust” (duet with Aaron Neville) Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish 4:17
10. “”Don’t Fade Away”” (duet with Brian McKnight) Kevin Kadish, Serletic 4:27
11. “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” (duet with Patty Griffin) Nelson 4:26
12. “For What It’s Worth” (duet with Sheryl Crow) Steve Stills 4:25
13. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (duet with Matchbox Twenty) Ed Bruce, Patsy Bruce 4:26
14. “”Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”” (Fred Rose) duet with Vince Gill 3:09
15. “‘Til I Gain Control Again” (Rodney Crowell) duet with Emmylou Harris 5:48
16. “The Harder They Come” (duet with Ryan Adams) Jimmy Cliff 4:26
17. “On the Road Again” Nelson 2:27
18. “Move It On Over” Hank Williams 4:58




Additional information

Weight 0.100 kg
Dimensions 15.0 × 14.0 × 2.0 cm