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American Classic (Blue Note, 2009)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

Though Willie Nelson is revered as one of the greatest singer/songwriters in country music history he has never been confined to that genre as this collection exemplifies.

Nelson covers pop standards as he did on his 1978 release "Stardust." Amongst the most effective are tunes on which Nelson is joined by noted jazz performers Diana Krall (If I Had You ) and Norah Jones (Baby, It's Cold Outside ).

Other highlights are Fly Me To The Moon and On The Street Where You Live . The one deviation from the pop standard format is a new jazzy take on Always On My Mind , a modest hit for Elvis Presley in 1972 that was a number 1 country hit for Nelson in 1982.

CDs by Willie Nelson

Bluegrass, 2023 Don't Know A Thing About Love, 2023 A Beautiful Time, 2022 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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