The Harder They Come
Label: Lost Highway Records
By the numbers: 17 songs in 67 minutes, culled mostly from nine albums Willie released within six years at Lost Highway Records, demonstrating irrefutably that no musician over 75 years old -- maybe nobody over 50 -- had a more productive '00s. He interprets Hank, Bob Wills, Jimmy Cliff; collaborates with Shania, Lucinda, Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, Rob Thomas, Ryan Adams, Lee Ann Womack (on Bernie Taupin's bittersweet divorce duet "Mendocino County Line") and Ray Price. Then he tops it off with two never-on-disc goofs about closeted cowboys, shrewdly tied into Brokeback Mountain.