Django and Jimmie

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Django and Jimmie

Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new studio recordings including: "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music's mythic "Singing Brakeman"; the reflective and meditative "Live This Long"; "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; a sublime interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think T

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  1. Paige Ellen "Paige"
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I knew this was the best work these two old veterans of the music wars …, June 2, 2015
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    Paige Ellen “Paige” (Rutland, Vermont) –

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    This review is from: Django and Jimmie (MP3 Music)
    I just got this recording this morning. Rarely am I just blown away on a first listen. After the third listen, I knew this was the best work these two old veterans of the music wars have done in years. While it is a trend lately to do duet albums, either with one other artist and many are quite good (I’m thinking Emmy Lou Harris, Tony Bennett, etc.) this is by far the best. If this album is not nominated in next year’s parade of awards shows, something is REALLY wrong in the world, or, the boys put it so well in the second track on the record, “It All Going to Pot.” Of course, given their reputations, this song is both socially accurate, but the double entendre is not lost on anyone who are fans of these two.
    The album begins with the title track and it is a magnificent tribute to their roots, to those who came before and inspired them. You can just hear the prestige and respect in which they hold all the “old timers” they mention in the song.
    The album offers a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation and arrangements. This is so very evident on “Unfair Weather Friend,” a song that had to come from the mind of Willie.
    The homage to Johnny Cash, “Missing Old Johnny Cash,” is truly that, a true honoring of the memory of the man who was a legend. It begins with Merle (my guess) sounding so much like Johnny, I thought it was really Johnny. They hint that while they tell amusing anecdotes of Johnny’s life, they let on that there is much more to be told.
    “Live This Long” is an admission that they would have lived a bit differently if they had known they were going to live as long as they have. How they sing so clearly with their tongues stuck that deep in their cheeks, I’ll never know.
    The only solo effort on the album is Willie’s “Somewhere Between” and is a classic Willie ballad about love between two people wherein something unknown comes between. It is a beautiful song.
    The album ends with a tribute to “The Only Man Wilder Than Me.” They never reveal about whom they are singing which is a delightful way to end the album and leave the listeners with something to ponder, considering who is singing…
    This album is a must, in my book, no matter what genre. It’s my current holder of the first spot on the second quarter’s list of my nominations for Album of the Year.

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  2. Robert G Yokoyama
    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love this album by these two country legends., June 2, 2015
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    Robert G Yokoyama (Mililani, Hawaii) –
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    This review is from: Django and Jimmie (Audio CD)
    This album by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard is superb. My favorite song is “It’s Only Money”. This song changes my attitude about making money. I should not be so driven to make money because it is spent so quickly. I can relate to the lyrics. I like the upbeat tempo with the saxophone playing on It’s Only Money”. I really like the song “Alice In Hulaland”. The steel pedal guitar gives this song a laid back Hawaiian music tone that I enjoy. “Django and Jimmie” is a tribute song to two early 20th century musicians. Django was a guitarist who inspired Willie Nelson. Jimmie Rodgers was an expert yodeler who inspired Merle Haggard to sing. It is great to hear the about the musical influences of these legends in a song. “Good Ol Johnny Cash” is another tribute song to a music legend. I don’t mind tribute songs if they are either touching or humorous. This song about Johnny Cash is. I love the piano playing on the song “Family Bible.” I love the lyrics, even though I haven’t read the Bible that much in my life. I like the sentiment of a family sitting down to listen to a father read from the Bible. The coziness of a bar is captured in the song “Swinging Doors”. This is a great country song. “Live This Long” is a song that reflects on the amazing lives these two men have led. I hope to live long enough to sing a song like this. This is an entertaining album.

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  3. DJ Joe Sixpack
    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fab collaboration between two country music giants, June 2, 2015
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    DJ Joe Sixpack (…in Middle America) –
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    This review is from: Django and Jimmie (Audio CD)
    Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson
    “Django And Jimmie”
    (Sony Legacy, 2015)
    . . . . .

    Willie and Merle have recorded together before, but this album has a special resonance — it’s a lot of fun to listen to, and holds up really well. These two old-timers are having a great time here, with each of them are at their geezerly best, singing robust, humor-filled songs — some oldies, some new stuff, and a sweet mix of novelty songs and heart-rending weepers. “It’s All Going To Pot” is the standout track — a stoner-delic double entendre gem which basically says, sure the world’s going to hell in a handbasket, but my buddy Willie sure can score some great weed.

    They wax nostalgic about music and musicians, including a raunchy song about Johnny Cash where they tell old war stories about Cash’s crazy years, and they pay homage to gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt and blue yodeler Jimmie Rodgers in the album’s title track. Another album highlight is “Live This Long,” where they marvel at their own longevity (considering all the damage they’ve done over the years) while on the more serious side the ballad “Somewhere Between” is a devastating dissection of a man’s painful self-awareness of a love gone wrong. They add strong covers of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” and the gospel classic, “Family Bible,” along with various outlaw tunes.

    Buddy Cannon’s production adds a hearty, round-toned feel and, as on other recent albums, he again proves himself a perfect collaborator with Willie Nelson, giving his music a clarity and simplicity that makes each song a highly listenable gem. You won’t be disappointed by this album: it’s every bit as good as you’d hoped it would be. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)

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