Stars & Guitars

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium for a USA Network broadcast, Stars & Guitars shows off the eclectic nature of Willie Nelson's musical approach, bringing him together with songs and artists from both within and outside the country realm. Although the emphasis here is on entertainment value, most of the performances -- especially Willie's -- nonetheless mine some rich emotional territory. Ray Price joins his longtime compadre for a mesmerizing duet on Willie's classic blues "Night Life," which kicks off a sequence of powerful numbers. First, a stomping, countrified take on the Stones' "Dead Flowers," with Keith Richards you shall know him by the sound of his ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium for a USA Network broadcast, Stars & Guitars shows off the eclectic nature of Willie Nelson's musical approach, bringing him together with songs and artists from both within and outside the country realm. Although the emphasis here is on entertainment value, most of the performances -- especially Willie's -- nonetheless mine some rich emotional territory. Ray Price joins his longtime compadre for a mesmerizing duet on Willie's classic blues "Night Life," which kicks off a sequence of powerful numbers. First, a stomping, countrified take on the Stones' "Dead Flowers," with Keith Richards you shall know him by the sound of his guitar, Ryan Adams, and Hank Williams III you shall know him by his surly attitude sending up celebratory verses and soaring, harmonized choruses. That's followed by the wistful ballad "Lonestar," which Norah Jones belts out of the park with an aching blue-eyed soul vocal that's the perfect foil for Willie's lonesome, weathered tenor, and a reading of Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" notable both for the lullaby-like delicacy of Aaron Neville and Willie's tender vocals and the jazzy, small-combo support behind them. Nelson's expressiveness rescues the Latin-flavored up-tempo number "Maria Shut Up and Kiss Me" and the evergreen heartbreaker "Always on My Mind" from the less accomplished singing of, respectively, Rob Thomas and Jon Bon Jovi, but no such heroics are required when Willie teams up with the likes of Lee Ann Womack on the booming pop production of "Mendocino Country Line" or with Patty Griffin on a haunting reading of "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground." Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith, and Sheryl Crow all have moments to be proud of, too, and Willie is right there with them, in voice, in spirit, and with some pretty tough guitar picking to boot.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Willie Nelson's superstar guest album from 2002, The Great Divide, was promoted by a star-studded concert released later that year as Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars. Some of the guests that fit well include Patty Griffin, Ray Price, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Vince Gill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 008817034027
  • Catalog Number: 170340
  • Sales rank: 4,141

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whiskey River - Sheryl Crow (2:39)
  2. 2 Good Hearted Woman - Toby Keith (4:08)
  3. 3 Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me) - Bill Evans (4:00)
  4. 4 Mendocino County Line - Lee Ann Womack (4:30)
  5. 5 Always on My Mind - Richie Sambora (3:53)
  6. 6 Night Life - Ray Price (4:25)
  7. 7 Dead Flowers - Ryan Adams (4:55)
  8. 8 Lonestar - Norah Jones (3:33)
  9. 9 Stardust - Aaron Neville (4:17)
  10. 10 Don't Fade Away - Brian McKnight (4:27)
  11. 11 Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground - Patty Griffin (4:26)
  12. 12 For What It's Worth - Bill Evans (4:25)
  13. 13 Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys - Matchbox Twenty (4:26)
  14. 14 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Vince Gill (3:09)
  15. 15 Till I Gain Control Again (5:48)
  16. 16 The Harder They Come - Ryan Adams (4:25)
  17. 17 On the Road Again (2:26)
  18. 18 Move It on Over (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist
Billy Gene English Percussion
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Bill Evans Saxophone
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Cox Keyboards
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Paul English Snare Drums
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Jackie King Guitar
Jody Payne Guitar, Background Vocals
Bee Spears Bass
Glenn Worf Bass
Bobbie Nelson Piano
Robert Bailey Jr. Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ed Bruce Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Johnny Bush Composer
Thom Cadley Engineer
Frank Callari Producer
James Stroud Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Glenn Worf Musical Director
Rob Thomas Composer
Jim Kemp Art Direction
Bobby Lemmons Engineer
Jeb Brien Producer
Paul Stroud Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Allen Kelman Producer
Gloria Medel Producer
Mark Rothbaum Executive Producer
Tony Faske Producer
Greg Lankford Engineer
Poodie Locke Stage Manager
Hank Williams Mastering
Lee Alexander Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!

    Maria is the best of his to come! Rob Thomas is an amazing songwriter, and sonuds great singing along with wille nelson!

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    Posted October 13, 2009

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