Willie Nelson - Songs For Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia
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Songs For Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia (Lost Highway, 2005)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

Bruce Robison leads into Willie Nelson's set on this live cd with his comical salute "What Would Willie Do?" In the aftermath of the tragic events in South Asia on Dec. 26, 2004, the natural reaction for Nelson was to stage a benefit concert for tsunami survivors.

Nelson kicks off his segment with a moving rendition of "Living In the Promiseland," followed by such other crowd favorites as "Whiskey River," "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" and "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." Also effective are "The Great Divide," the title track from a 2002 Nelson release, and a duet with Patty Griffin on "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground." Most impressive is a spirited version of "Still Is Still Moving To Me" featuring some fancy guitar licks from Nelson.

In addition to Robison, other Austin music scene luminaries here are Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and indie rockers Spoon. Kelly Willis contributes "What I Deserve" and also joins husband and composer Robison in support of Natalie Maines on "Travelin' Soldier."

CD proceeds will go to UNICEF and C.A.R.E. in support of tsunami relief efforts. And it's an excellent show by Willie Nelson and some of his Austin friends.

CDs by Willie Nelson

That's Life, 2021 First Rose of Spring, 2020 Ride Me Back Home, 2019 My Way, 2018 Last Man Standing, 2018 Willie's Stash Volume 2, 2017 God's Problem Child, 2017 Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, 2016 Band of Brothers, 2014 To All the Girls..., 2013 Let's Face the Music and Dance, 2013 Freedom, 2012 Remember Me Vol. 1, 2011 Country Music, 2010 American Classic, 2009 Lost Highway, 2009 Naked Willie, 2009 One Hell of a Ride, 2008 Moment of Forever, 2008 Songbird, 2006 Live From Austin, TX, 2006 Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006 You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006

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