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Songbird, Willie Nelson

Songbird – Willie Nelson

October 31st, 2006

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iTunes Price: $9.99

Genre: Country

Released: Oct 31, 2006

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(69 Ratings)

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Our Review

At this point, Willie Nelson is an American institution. His long, admirable career is chockfull of historic, musical moments which have proven that his signature sound — that delicate, wavering vibrato — can be adapted to just about any genre. For Songbird, Nelson teams up with alt.country poster boy Ryan Adams and his backing group, the Cardinals, for a collection of covers, remakes and two originals — one penned by Nelson (“Back to Earth”), one by Adams (“Blue Hotel”) — written specifically for the project. Nelson’s natural, laconic delivery is like a lazy river that reaches its destination in its own sweet time, and with the able backing support of Jon Graboff’s pedal steel guitar, he's immediately right at home. He’s a natural fit for Leonard Cohen’s universal hymn, “Hallelujah,” and Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter’s “Stella Blue” has Nelson’s spiritual vibe written all over it. The challenges are even more interesting. Gram Parsons’ “$1,000 Wedding” is a sad-eyed mini-epic that Nelson sings with all the sorrow and irony intact, while Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird” reveals its previously obscured country soul.

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Customer Reviews

This is as much of a Ryan Adams album as it is Willie's (4 stars)
I am a big fan of Ryan Adams and have listened to Willie Nelson since the late 70's. They are both "spotty" artists, with as many "hits" as "misses." I love Willie's singing voice and his guitar playing. I can't say I'm much of a fan of his normal backing band, a/k/a "the Family." Their sound is routine and tired. I like this album because it provides Willie with a new sound, (i.e., a more rock and rol

Thank G-D for Willie Nelson (5 stars)
I am not the biggest fan of country music, but my two favorite artists of all time are Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. With that being said... This album is by far one of Willy's best. He's come a long way from the days of "To All The Girls I Loved Before" and "On The Road Again". This album is a bit more dark and slower than previous albums that Willie has done. What makes the album even more special is that he used Ryan

In the end there's just a song (4 stars)
As everyone knows, Willie Nelson's new album was produced by Ryan Adams and backed by the Cardinals. The most notable covers are Eva Cassidy's "Songbird," Grateful Dead's "Stella Blue," and Gram Parson's "$1000 Wedding." Though Ryan Adams has many different sounds, on this album he chose to add gritty electric guitars to acoustic arrangements. On some tracks it can be slightly off-putting (though maybe this w

Biography

Born: April 30, 1933 in Fort Worth, TX
Genre: Country
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away") as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small, but devoted, cult following. During the early '70s, Willie aligned...

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