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Monday, Aug. 4, 2008

Stardust: Legacy Edition (Columbia/Legacy)

Pop and country music were never entirely isolated from one another. Some of the material sung by the early generations of country recording artists originated on Tin Pan Alley before seeping into the folk traditions of the South. Later, Tony Bennett recorded Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart” and, during the early. . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

(Little, Brown) by Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski draws a portrait of Willie Nelson based on 35 years of covering his subject. He does an especially good job with Nelson’s early years, describing the difficulty of breaking into the music scene. Unfortunately, as the book continues, it often reads as if the journalist has stitched together his various
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8 p.m.

At 75, Willie Nelson’s legacy is well cemented, but Nelson keeps recording like he still owes the IRS back taxes. In the last three years alone, he’s released a high-profile country-reggae album; a tribute album to legendary songwriter Cindy Walker; a collaborative album with Ryan Adams; an album with old-time legends . . .
06.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Willie Nelson plays the Potawatomi Bingo Casino tomorrow night, which is all the excuse I need to give a nod to the expanded version of Willie Nelson�s 1978 album Stardust which hits stores next week. The original album was noteworthy from breaking from the rollicking, rock-spiked outlaw country Willie Nelson had just become infamous for. Instead, it was a jazzy, folky jaunt through the American...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

One Hell of a Ride (Columbia/Legacy)

The selections on Willie Nelson’s four-disc career retrospective support everything we suspected: With few exceptions, the material he recorded in Nashville in the 1960s was undistinguished, assembly-line work. It was only when he broke away from country conventions and headed south to Austin, Texas, with the ’70s . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Moment of Forever (Lost Highway)

Amiability forms part of Willie Nelson’s legend, but it hasn’t always served him well artistically. His willingness to work with just about anybody has resulted in a few of his finest moments (for example, 19)98’s Teatro, produced by Daniel Lanois and featuring Emmylou Harris), but it has also led to many . . .