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Willie Nelson- Milk Cow Blues
September 19, 2000
Original Release Date: 2000

 
   

1. Milk Cow Blues (Featuring Francine Reed) |
2. Outskirts Of Town (Featuring Keb' Mo)
3. Black Night (Featuring Dr. John)
4. Funny How Time Slips Away (Featuring Francine Reed)
5. Rainy Day Blues (Featuring Jonny Lang)
6. Crazy (Featuring Susan Tedeschi)
7. The Thrill Is Gone (Featuring B.B. King)
8. Wake Me When It's Over
9. Kansas City (Featuring Susan Tedeschi)
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10. Fool's Paradise (Featuring Dr. John)
11. Ain't Nobody's Business (Featuring Jonny Lang)
12. Night Life (Featuring B.B. King)
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13. Sittin' On Top Of The World
14. Lonely Street
15. Texas Flood (Featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd)

Review
It's about time our country legend delivers us the blues. We all remember Willie's expertise when he sang "Good Old Shoe Blues" in the film "Wag The Dog" and we wanted him to sing the blues after that. Unfortunately, that beautiful blues tune was never recorded on CD. What a shame! But Willie realizes our thirst, and finally, an all-blues attempt and semi-duet album was born, albeit its lack of surprises. Don't get me wrong - Willie has done his homework in each tune. He has also invited young talents (some of whom I abhor) to play and sing on some tracks. The result is a two-way street. For some reason, Jonny Lang is having a bad day during his sessions. He sounds like shit. (For a more subtle and pretty version of "Rainy Day Blues," get Tab Benoit's version with Willie Nelson on his Standing On The Bank.) Keb' Mo and B.B. King are not in their top form either (Riding is the King is a more accurate assessment of King's ability in spite of old age). One of the stars who live up to their reputation is Susan Tedeschi, who sounds so full of energy and fire especially in "Kansas City." This lass is gonna be a star, trust me! Kenny Wayne has evidently improved on his guitar skills, though he still largely imitates Stevie Ray on "Texas Flood." The highlight/purpose/point/objective of this album is, obviously, Willie's voice. Many of the tunes (some famous, some not) are written by Willie himself. Willie's gone through so much that his voice is natural blues. Those who buy Milk Cow Blues for the young stars will undoubtedly be disappointed. Those who buy it for Willie will be delighted as he proceeds to show the youngsters (and all of us) what soul, and phrasing, and the blues are all about.

Extended Listening

-Tab Benoit- Standing On The Bank


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