Country legend not slowing with age

“Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” by Willie Nelson. Copyright 2013, Sony Legacy. $10.79.

Reviewed by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

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   Reaching a new milestone in his career this year, Willie Nelson released his 61st studio album on April 16. The album, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” is timed with Nelson’s 80th birthday on April 30.
The album reaches deep into the annals of American music history with Nelson choosing  “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”— a song that dates back to 1928. The album’s title song is a 1936 composition by Irving Berlin for the film “Follow the Fleet,” starring Hollywood legend Fred Astaire.
Nelson makes a great choice of including to instrumentals, “Vous Et Moi” and “Nuages.” These two tracks prove Nelson’s maintained his ability on the guitar and deserves his placement in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of all time. Nelson’s decision to include “Matchbox” on the album serves as a tribute to rock’s roots.
With songs ranging from the late 1920s all the way to the 1980s, the album serves as an overview of American music of the 20th century, with Nelson making each song his own. Willie Nelson and Family play off Nelson’s infamous mix of country and jazz, and do a great job following the well-known improvisational vocalist. The album is solid and has a mellow tone that makes it easy listening.

 CJ Click is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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