October 2012

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash

Two masters together at last

Superstars of American music, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash make country music for everyone, even people who don’t like country. You would never catch me listening to awful modern country, but these two artists are some of my all time favorites.

Members of the “outlaw” movement, Willie and Johnny wrote songs that transcend styles and genres. Who can say they don’t like such classics as “Folsom Prison Blues” or “On the Road Again?”

For many years Nelson and Cash were part of the Highwaymen, a country music super group that also included Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, great musicians in their own right. However, there always seemed to be too many voices in the highwaymen. The duets done by individual members were always much better, like Waylon and Willie on “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys.”