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Last of the Breed

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Last of the Breed

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Price
Producers:
Lost Highway
genre:
Country

We gave it a B+

The novelty value of legends collaborating is diminishing (Nelson and Price’s last duets disc was just in ’03). And hearing Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price casually trade verses over 22 songs, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s ineluctable suavity and what’s countrypolitan autopilot. But producer Fred Foster and fiddler Johnny Gimble up the Texas-swing quotient, and Last of the Breed mostly revisits forgotten country classics, making this a particularly tasty hall-of-famer hookup.