Label: New Rounder
Country music's most enigmatic icon, Willie Nelson goes back to his roots on Country Music, a vibrant collection of bluegrass favorites and traditional country classics. Ernest Tubb's "Seaman's Blues" rings especially true as the Texan warbles his way from verse to verse. The album's opener, "Man With the Blues," is a Nelson original that blossoms under T Bone Burnett's sparse production and old-time instrumentation. Recorded with many of the musicians T Bone assembled for the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss album Raising Sand, Country Music sounds every bit as potent.