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Editors’ Notes

Long before Elton John brought his old friend Leon Russell back to public consciousness with their 2010 album The Union, Willie Nelson recorded this 1979 studio collection with the Oklahoma wild card. Granted, Russell wasn’t then far removed from his commercial peak, but Nelson was at the top of his popularity, and to release a double LP that shared the spotlight was an unusual and gutsy move. The decision was for these strong songwriters to cover their favorite songs, from Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light,” Elvis Presley’s "Heartbreak Hotel,” and Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life” to traditional material like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Danny Boy.” Being such superior stylists guaranteed intriguing results. The set starts in high gear but soon settles into a mellow, contemplative groove. “Summertime,” “That Lucky Old Sun,” and “Stormy Weather” find Nelson and Russell moving away from their traditional country and rock ’n’ roll toward the sounds explored on Nelson’s Stardust with a gritty touch all their own. 

Customer Reviews

Two Old Pros

I dare anyone to try and keep from tapping their foot or singing along to "Don't Fence Me In" or "You Are My Sunshine". A great mix of ballads, standards, and blues with two of the most distinctive voices in music. Thanks guys and how about another?


Born: April 30, 1933 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away") as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small but devoted cult following. During the early '70s, Willie aligned himself...
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