Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
So this is the third review of a "country" album I have written in
two months. I hope my friends don't think I have lost my rock and roll edge.
But seriously, country (at least THIS kind of country) is the very heart of rock and roll.
These guys had those "rock and roll lifestyles," they dress in black, they sing
about booze and guns and love and hardcore stuff like that.
Did you see the VH1 Storytellers that featured Cash and Nelson? If you
haven't, I suggest you check it out. It's so bare, so honest, and so great
that it brought a shiver to my spine. Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
are America's very last "good ol' boys," and they are keeping it real.
You'll recognize songs like "Crazy," (written by Nelson but made famous by
country diva Patsy Cline), "Night Life" (my theme song), "Folsom Prison Blues,"
and the radio favorites "Always On My Mind" and "On the Road Again." The two musicians
are old friends, armed with nothing but their acoustic guitars and single microphones,
and that is all they need to make the same great music they have been making for
Cash's sloping baritone is an icon of country/rock, road songs, war songs (especially
like the touching "Drive On") and songs about the low-down man. Nelson's nasal, nearly
out of tune voice, makes you want to sing along, and yell "Sing it, Willie!"
If you're serious about music, but don't want to bother digging for dusty old
Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson albums to learn a little history, this album is a perfect
lesson in classic country rock, of buddies with guitars, of outlaws and cowboys.
It's a piece of Americana that should be treasured by young and old, because
these good ol' boys aren't getting any younger...it's a chance for us to hear
their stories and songs before they forget them.
I must give this album the rating of:
Simply because Johnny Cash scares me.