Black Music Matters Festival

Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Run That By Me One More Time – 2003 (Lost Highway)

Reviewed by Ken Burke

CDs by Willie Nelson and Ray Price

With a slew of Wilie Nelson projects out in recent months, this matches Nelson with his old boss Ray Price. Much of the 11-song disc is recorded in the style of Price's old Columbia recordings with the Cherokee Cowboys, and several songs are remakes of earlier recordings.

However, there is much to recommend here. Solo, Nelson is superbly melancholy on "Something to Think About" but by and large, this is Price's show. The title tune is old-style hillbilly music the way Red Foley and Ernest Tubb used to make it, and the 77-year old Price still sings with smooth vocal command.

In duet situations such as "I'm So Ashamed," "I'm Still Not Over You," and "I've Just Destroyed The World I'm Living In," the two legends demonstrate a remarkably tender rapport and emotional tone. The resultant album makes for a fitting book end to the duo's recently reissued 1980 collaboration "San Antonio Rose."