Sing Some More, Willie
Willie Nelson is on a roll. His popularity crosses genres, entertainment mediums, and socio-economic boundaries. Having celebrated his 75th birthday royally as he creeps up on 80, he's still cool, he's smart. He is just what the title on his latest CD suggests, an "American classic."
And Nelson is an artist much-loved in the High Country. He drew more than 8,000 people to Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone for An Appalachian Summer last decade, and he heated up Holmes Convocation Center the coldest night this past February, drawing the biggest audience of his mid-Atlantic tour - 4,300, outdrawing three metropolitan areas: Raleigh, Roanoke and Greensboro.
American Classic is the second CD he has cut this year. The first was Willie and the Wheel. And there is a constant flow of re-releases.
American Classic harkens back to "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind," Willie's 31-year-old genre bending trends (and a half a dozen others he has done since.)
Some of Nelson's appeal has been his ability to keep material fresh for decades with different treatments of old favorites. "Always on My Mind," the final track on the CD goes back to Nelson's gospel choir original. He finished 11 of 12 cuts in fours in New York. Then he headed back to Los Angeles to record "If I Had You" with Dianna Krall. After which his loyal audience will hope, "Sing some more Willie!" And Willie probably will!
Willie Nelsons American Classic is available from Blue Note Records, suggested retail at $18.98.