Willie Nelson – American Classics (Blue Note / EMI Music Canada)

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For his latest record, country legend Willie Nelson goes into jazz mode for what is his second complete set of cover songs. With guests such as Diana Krall and Norah Jones backing him up, Nelson’s trademark lazy vocal delivery works well throughout these twelve tracks including standards like ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” and ‘The Nearness Of You’ while Nelson’s ‘Always On My Mind’ appropriately closes the set, an American Classic in its own right. 

This might not be a revolution on record but American Classics is deserving of a listen none the less – American icons like him are still making music for a reason.

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