Willie Nelson

Lost Highway – 2009 (Lost Highway)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Willie Nelson's versatility is displayed on "Lost Highway," a compilation of songs from his releases for Lost Highway Records, the edgy Nashville label. There is classic country with Eddie Arnold's You Don't Know Me, as well as a pair of duets with the legendary Ray Price (I'm Still Not Over You and Lost Highway).

Alt.-country enthusiasts will appreciate Nelson's duet with Lucinda Williams (Overtime) and Back To Earth, produced by Ryan Adams. Other guests are Diana Krall and husband Elvis Costello, as well as mainstream country artists Toby Keith and Shania Twain.

The album concludes with a pair of tracks (Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other and Ain't Going Down On Brokeback Mountain ) designed to exploit the fervor over the popular film.

While not always up to the standards of the best work of Nelson's hall of fame career, this is an entertaining collection.