Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 47:03 minutes | 842 MB | Genre: Country
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Django and Jimmie is a new duet album featuring country artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The record marks the sixth collaborative album released by the duo and features guest artists Jamey Johnson and Bobby Bare. Django and Jimmie is a mix of originals as well as covers including Bob Dylan’s famous title “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard first teamed up on record for Pancho & Lefty in 1983, a record released some 20 years after both singers began their careers. Back then, they were both hovering around 50, already considered old guys, but Django and Jimmie arrives 32 years after that record, when there’s no question that the pair are old-timers. Appropriately enough, mortality is on their minds throughout Django and Jimmie, a record whose very title is taken from Willie and Merle’s childhood idols. It’s a song that seems like a confession, as does the casual admission that they didn’t think they’d “Live This Long,” but neither Nelson nor Haggard wrote this, nor the title track or the album’s first single, the near-novelty “It’s All Going to Pot.” These are made-to-order originals by some of the best in the business — Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, and Ward Davis wrote “It’s All Going to Pot,” Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince the title track — and it shows how producer Cannon has a sharp ear for material, along with a way with a relaxed groove. That comfortable, familial atmosphere is one of the best things about Django and Jimmie and extends far beyond the marquee names; the studio pros, friends, family, and fellow travelers who support Willie and Merle help give this a warm, worn-in feel that’s appealing on its own terms. As comforting as the vibe is, it’s the singers and their songs that linger. Neither Nelson nor Haggard make any attempt to hide their age — Willie is a bit thinner than he used to be, Merle a bit growlier — and their age is affecting when they revisit songs from the past, whether they wrote them or not (Hag’s “Swinging Doors” is revived, as is the country standard “Family Bible” and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”). This nod to the passage of time isn’t as explicit as “Live This Long” or “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” where they bring in fellow survivor Bobby Bare to reminisce about their old pal. Often, country memories can get maudlin, but Willie and Merle are filled with good humor here and the pair often strike a delicate balance of fun and sweet melancholy which gives Django and Jimmie a soulful lift. Both singers are aware they’re approaching the twilight, but they’re not cursing the dark, they’re enjoying the sunset. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Django and Jimmie 02:53
2. It’s All Going to Pot 02:57
3. Unfair Weather Friend 04:14
4. Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash 03:27
5. Live This Long 03:35
6. Alice In Hulaland 03:02
7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 04:11
8. Family Bible 03:37
9. It’s Only Money 03:56
10. Swinging Doors 02:51
11. Where Dreams Come to Die 03:19
12. Somewhere Between 03:24
13. Driving the Herd 02:50
14. The Only Man Wilder Than Me 02:34

Willie Nelson- acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Merle Haggard- lead vocals
Bobby Bare- vocals on “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash”
Eddie Bayers- drums
Eli Beaird- bass guitar
Larry Beaird- acoustic guitar
Wyatt Beard- background vocals
Jim “Moose Brown- piano
Shawn Camp- acoustic guitar
Melonie Cannon- background vocals
Renato Caranto- saxophone
Tony Creasman- drums
Dan Dugmore- steel guitar
Kevin “Swine” Grantt- bass guitar, upright bass
Ben Haggard- electric guitar
Tony Harrell- keyboards
Jamey Johnson- vocals on “It’s All Going to Pot”
Mike Johnson- acoustic slide guitar, dobro, steel guitar
Alison Krauss- background vocals
Liana Manis- background vocals
Catherine Styron Marx- Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Mickey Raphael- harmonica
Bobby Terry- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Lonnie Wilson- drums

Producer: Buddy Cannon