Willie Nelson - Live at Billy Bob's Texas
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Live at Billy Bob's Texas (Smith Music Group, 2004)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by David McPherson

It's appropriate the Grandpa Willie Nelson's beloved battle axe Trigger adorns the back cover of this live disc since his grizzled guitar propels this concert. Recorded in his home state at the world's largest honky tonk, the disc captures the quintessential Willie Nelson: Nelson the storyteller, Nelson the songwriter and Nelson the finger picker are all showcased throughout the 20 songs.

The disc opens with the trademark, "Whiskey River," which then flows seamlessly right into "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)." Later, Nelson gives a nod to fellow Nashville songsmith, by covering a couple Kris Kristofferson gems: "Help Me Make it Through the Night" and "Me & Bobby McGee." Nelson also covers Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" with guitarist Jody Payne taking the lead vocals.

The only other time that Nelson takes a breather is when his sister Bobbie bands away on the ivories for the honky-tonk instrumental "Down Yonder." Appropriately the disc ends with the classic "On the Road Again." Nelson proves yet again that at 70, he's still got staying power, and he can stay all night.

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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