Willie Nelson and the Boys: Willie's Stash, Vol. 2

Willie Nelson and the Boys: Willie's Stash, Vol. 2

by Willie Nelson


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Like the first volume, the second installment of Willie's Stash -- an ongoing trawl through Willie Nelson's prodigious vaults -- Willie Nelson and the Boys focuses on members of Nelson's family. This time around, his sons Lukas and Micah share the spotlight with their father, all singing and playing on a set of 12 country classics cut during the sessions for the 2012 album Heroes. It's a set of familiar tunes cut with a familiar crew in a familiar setting -- Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, Texas -- so it's not a shock that Willie and the Boys offers no overt surprises, but that hardly means it sounds stale. Willie continues to play with his phrasing -- his take on the opening "Move It on Over" is especially inventive -- and Lukas and Micah follow suit, molding the melody to fit their own needs. Maybe the sons aren't yet as idiosyncratic as their father, but they're certainly accomplished vocalists and guitarists, their styles weaving nicely with Willie and his seasoned band, probably because they grew up with this crew. That sense of continuity is the charm of Willie Nelson and the Boys. Nelson is singing songs he always has -- he's recorded several of these songs over the years, and that's not just limited to the originals he revisits -- and what's rewarding about this set is to hear him play them from a different perspective. He's not just older, he's acting like a father, making sure to carve space for his sons while still giving plenty of space to his old pals. It's hard not to find this warmth moving and, given the skill behind this music, it's hard not to find Willie Nelson and the Boys entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889854536121
catalogNumber: 545361
Rank: 141

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Barry Bales   Upright Bass
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Melonie Cannon   Background Vocals
Kevin Grantt   Bass,Background Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tony Creasman   Drums,Background Vocals
Shannon Finnegan   Background Vocals
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Lukas Nelson   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Micah Nelson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Locklin   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Butch Carr   Engineer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Harlan Steinberger   Engineer
Hank Williams   Composer
Steve Chadie   Engineer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Federico Ruiz   Art Direction
Alyssa Miller   Composer
Carol Viator   Cover Photo

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