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Country Favorites (Buddha, 2000)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Dan Williams

"Favorites" - Willie Nelson's second RCA album (1966) - is a pretty standard set mostly notable for the presence of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours as a backing band. Guitarist Leon Rhodes, pedal steel wizard Buddy Charleton and fiddler Wade Ray (among others) enliven the proceedings with some fine Western Swing stylings; particularly with a burning take on Willie's "Columbus Stockade Blues" and Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose." But his singing seems tentative, and despite some supple ballads, this one doesn't really stick to the ribs. A decent re-issue and definitely of its time, but not remotely close to what would come a decade later with "Red Headed Stranger."

CDs by Willie Nelson

The Border, 2024 Bluegrass, 2023 Don't Know A Thing About Love, 2023 A Beautiful Time, 2022 That's Life, 2021 First Rose of Spring, 2020 Ride Me Back Home, 2019 My Way, 2018 Last Man Standing, 2018 Willie's Stash Volume 2, 2017 God's Problem Child, 2017 Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, 2016 Band of Brothers, 2014 To All the Girls..., 2013 Let's Face the Music and Dance, 2013 Freedom, 2012 Remember Me Vol. 1, 2011 Country Music, 2010 American Classic, 2009 Lost Highway, 2009 Naked Willie, 2009 One Hell of a Ride, 2008 Moment of Forever, 2008 Songbird, 2006 Live From Austin, TX, 2006 Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006 You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006

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