老牛仔Willie Nelson在乡村音乐界可是个响当当的人物，在70年代中叶，所谓Nashville Sound成为乡村音乐的标准，Willie认为这种标准束缚了乡村音乐的发展，大家都做一样的东西没有意思，于是他就融合了西部摇滚、爵士、民谣和乡村音乐，创建了所谓Outlaw Country的风格
Willie Nelson，如果你曾经听过Always On My Mind，就该知道他是何许人物了。再看看Roy orbison，Paul Simon、Bob Dylan等等与其合作过的音乐人，就该知道他是多么响当当的一位大师了。踏入新世纪，Willie Nelson更荣获第七十二届格兰美终生成就奖提名。
Countless Westerns have centered around the theme of a young turk coming into town to try to take down a legendary gunslinger. Well, for the past couple of decades, Willie Nelson has turned that imagery on its head, attracting countless younger artists eager to soak up some of his musical mojo and infuse the master's work with some of their own spirit.
Moment of Forever, matches Willie with Kenny Chesney. The very idea of these seemingly disparate characters coming together is intriguing enough on paper. What really counts, however, is how it works on disc -- and work it does, with Chesney's production bringing out Nelson's natural warmth and grace.
While he's written some of the most enduring tunes of the past few decades Nelson has long been considered one of the premiere song interpreters of his time, infusing a surprising array of tunes with his singular personality. This record includes a hushed, poignant version of the Kris Kristofferson-penned title track and a super-heated, album-closing version of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody."
The songs that Nelson wrote for Moment of Forever take on many of the same topics addressed in that pair of tracks -- taking stock of a life well lived and considering the possibilities of what might lay down the road. On songs like the sweetly twanging "Always Now," Willie comes across like a man who's come to terms with most of those issues, coming to the conclusion that "there never was a used to be...it's always now."
Other highlights include Willie's take on Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" and tracks like "Worry B Gone" -- where Willie trades verses with Chesney The easy vibe carries over to the gently celebratory "I'm Alive" -- on which Nelson marvels at life's simple pleasures.
01. Over You Again
02. Moment Of Forever
03. The Bob Song
06. Keep Me From Blowing Away
07. Takin' On Water
08. Always Now
09. I'm Alive
10. When I Was Young And Grandma Wasn't Old
11. Worry B Gone
12. You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore
13. Gotta Serve Somebody