In the early Seventies, Atlantic R&B producer Jerry Wexler signed Willie Nelson; the duo shared a fondness for the Western swing of Bob Wills and planned to record a tribute to the music. It got put off until just before Wexler's death in 2008, when they finally put this disc in motion. It was worth the wait: Nelson's laid-back croon acts as a warm dishrag over the fiddle, pedal steel, cowboy harmonies and roadhouse jazz of Western-swing revivalists Asleep at the Wheel. Jerry would be proud.
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