Clean Shirt

The grandfathers of country’s ”outlaw” movement, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson revolutionized country records in the mid-’70s with Nelson’s sparsely produced Red Headed Stranger, and their joint collection (with Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter) The Outlaws, which was the first country album to sell a million copies. Clean Shirt, like most of their joint ventures since, celebrates the mythical, rambling, carousing cowboy life, sometimes, as on ”Tryin’ to Outrun the Wind,” in semipoetic fashion. But unlike their earlier material, the songs here (”I Could Write a Book About You,” ”Old Age and Treachery”) too often deal in forced camaraderie. Maybe it’s time Waylon and Willie finally sent their ”outlaw” shtick off into the sunset. C+

Clean Shirt
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