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Willie Nelson

To Lefty from Willie

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August 19, 2003

Hailing from a state known for trailblazing country, Lefty Frizzell and Willie Nelson are Texas' most distinctive sons in the singing and songwriting departments. After penning and crooning some of honky-tonk's finest songs —and inspiring Nelson to play music back when his nickname was still Booger Red — Frizzell died a broken man in 1975. Two years later, Nelson released a batch of his favorite Frizzell numbers. This expanded reissue includes one bonus track: an alternate take of Nelson's 1976 chart-topping rendition of Frizzell's signature song, "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time." Whereas Frizzell's plaintive voice soared up and down octaves like a trick pilot, Nelson, backed primarily by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano, leans into the songs with a bluesy feel, giving emotional drama to weepers such as "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" and "I Never Go Around Mirrors." If Nelson's original intent was to remind listeners of his forebear's breathtaking artistry, he accomplished his goal.

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