Let's Face the Music and Dance

Let's Face the Music and Dance

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson


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Once again repeating a pattern that's quite familiar from over the past two decades, Willie Nelson follows up his star-studded 2012 Legacy duet with Let's Face the Music and Dance, an intimate record of standards recorded with his longtime backing band, the Family. Apart from Willie's son Micah, there are no guests here -- just his sister Bobbie on piano, drummer Paul English, Mickey Raphael on harmonica, Kevin Smith on bass, Jim "Moose" Brown on organ, and Billy English batting cleanup on guitar and drum -- and the album sounds as if it were cut in the living room late one night, the bandmembers easing into songs they've always loved but never played. This may include Willie's original "Is the Better Part Over," a neglected tune from the late '80s, but the emphasis is on standards from the Great American Songbook, punctuated by a bit of Western swing and rockabilly (the latter arriving via a cover of Carl Perkins' "Matchbox"). While there's no denying Willie's voice sounds a little ragged -- scars of his 79 years are readily apparent -- it doesn't distract from the lazy, loping pleasures offered here, as the focus is not on the singing but the playing, how the Family is so familiar with their individual idiosyncrasies they sound like one seamless unit, easing from solo to solo, sometimes just enjoying their ragged, relaxed groove. So, there are no surprises on Let's Face the Music and Dance but there don't need to be: it is, as always, a pleasure to hear Willie & the Family play the music they love best.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887654258526
catalogNumber: 542585
Rank: 5908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Snare Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Kevin Smith   Upright Bass
Jim "Moose" Brown   Hammond B3
Micah Nelson   Percussion,Churango
Billy English   Snare Drums,Gut String Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Spade Cooley   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Nevins   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Roy Turk   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Morty Nevins   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Steve Chadie   Engineer
Claude François   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
David McClister   Cover Photo
Tom Hawkins   Guitar Techician
Richard Coburn   Composer
Christopher Durst   Band Photo
Michel Luneau   Composer
Jean Bourtayre   Composer

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