Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price - Last Of The Breed

The Dad’s Army of kick-ass country music

It’s not often that Nelson and
Haggard are considered young
pups in a line-up, but on this lowkey
stroll through 22 vintage tunes
they’re sharing studio space with a
true veteran. Price cut his first
records in the late 40s, while
Nelson didn’t make his debut until
’56, and Haggard not until ’62.

Last Of The Breed sees the
laconic trio of elder statesmen
mining the archives to give a fresh
lick of paint to songs they’ve
known and loved for years, be it
pre-war moseys by Gene Autry,
60s-era Bakersfield honky tonk, or
relative newies from Kris
Kristofferson. Indeed, KK’s guest
vocal on his own Why Me Lord? is
in some ways akin to a infant
school ankle-biter getting down
with the teachers.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Lost Highway | 0602517240179

Reviewed by Terry Staunton
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