Milk Cow Blues

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having leaned closer to the blues than almost any other country artist of his time, Willie Nelson doesn't have to stretch to make his official blues excursion Milk Cow Blues not only a credible album but one of the best of his long and storied career. No one will be surprised at the emotional depth of Willie's lived-in voice and uncanny phrasing; what's impressive here is how well the veteran outlaw meshes with his well-chosen, cross-generational supporting cast. Prominent in the stellar support cast is frequent Lyle Lovett cohort Francine Reed, who roars through the Kokomo Arnold title song and returns to deliver a revelatory, heart-tugging duet with Willie on a ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having leaned closer to the blues than almost any other country artist of his time, Willie Nelson doesn't have to stretch to make his official blues excursion Milk Cow Blues not only a credible album but one of the best of his long and storied career. No one will be surprised at the emotional depth of Willie's lived-in voice and uncanny phrasing; what's impressive here is how well the veteran outlaw meshes with his well-chosen, cross-generational supporting cast. Prominent in the stellar support cast is frequent Lyle Lovett cohort Francine Reed, who roars through the Kokomo Arnold title song and returns to deliver a revelatory, heart-tugging duet with Willie on a poignant reading of the Nelson classic "Funny How Time Slips Away." Elsewhere, Willie and blues legend B. B. King revivify "The Thrill Is Gone" by sprucing up the beat and performing the tune with an exuberance that suggests that they could care less that the thrill has split the scene; the point is underlined by B. B.'s pungent single-string soloing throughout. Dr. John steps in for a mesmerizing slow burn on "Black Night," while young guitar whippersnapper Jonny Lang delivers a potent vocal turn on "Rainy Day Blues" complemented by a tasty, no-frills solo. On "Texas Flood," a raucous, album-ending homage to fallen Texas comrade Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie rails against the faithless as Kenny Wayne Shepherd backs him with fierce, angular soloing. In short, Milk Cow Blues sounds as timeless as Willie himself. Could there be any higher recommendation?
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Willie Nelson's idiosyncratic vocal style has always been heavily influenced by the blues, just as much as it has been by country, pop, and folk, but he'd never recorded a straight blues album until 2000's Milk Cow Blues. Any longtime Nelson fan will undoubtedly be quietly thrilled with the idea of a straight blues album, and the very first notes make it seem like the record will deliver on its promise. Then Francine Reed starts singing. Yes, Milk Cow Blues is designed as a star-studded duets album, which is apparently the only way major labels think a new album from a veteran superstar will attract press attention and fan curiosity. Sometimes, the concept works, at least commercially, as proved by the stunning success of Santana's Supernatural. Here, the idea doesn't work quite as well, with the exception of the appearance of Dr. John. Nelson is in great voice here, and his three solo tracks are outstanding.
Spin Magazine - RJ Smith
Fronting a band of Texas bar-band reptiles, he lays in the cut like he's been singing this music for years.

Fronting a band of Texas bar-band reptiles, he lays in the cut like he's been singing this music for years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454251723
  • Catalog Number: 542517
  • Sales rank: 57,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Milk Cow Blues - Francine Reed (4:31)
  2. 2 Outskirts of Town - Keb' Mo' (2:56)
  3. 3 Black Night (5:22)
  4. 4 Funny How Time Slips Away - Francine Reed (4:11)
  5. 5 Rainy Day Blues - Jonny Lang (5:09)
  6. 6 Crazy - Susan Tedeschi (4:16)
  7. 7 The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King (4:25)
  8. 8 Wake Me When It's Over (4:12)
  9. 9 Kansas City - Susan Tedeschi (2:51)
  10. 10 Fool's Paradise - Dr. John (4:17)
  11. 11 Ain't Nobody's Business - Jonny Lang (5:08)
  12. 12 Night Life - B.B. King (4:25)
  13. 13 Sittin' on Top of the World (4:46)
  14. 14 Lonely Street (4:26)
  15. 15 Texas Flood - Kenny Wayne Shepherd (8:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Jon Blondell Drums, Bass Guitar
B.B. King Vocals
Derek O'Brien Guitar
Riley Osbourne Piano, Hammond Organ
George Rains Track Performer
Francine Reed Vocals
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar
Jimmy Vaughn Track Performer
Susan Tedeschi Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer, Producer
Walter Vinson Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Freddy Joe Fletcher Producer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A ''Willie'' Wedding

    This has got to be the best blend of blues and country to date. It proves with the classic ''Crazy,'' alot of the music we classify as country, can really be considered the blues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Willie has still got it

    Great album by one of and some of the greatest artists of the time. It is a must have even if you are not that big of a Willie Nelson fan.

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