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You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker

Willie Nelson celebrates a songwriting legend.

Willie Nelson 'œhas rarely sounded more comfortable in his skin' than he does on this album, said Paul Verna in Billboard. That's because Nelson grew up with these songs'”hits that the prolific songwriter Cindy Walker penned for the likes of Ray Charles, Eddy Arnold, and Nelson's idol Bob Wills. In her mid-20th-century heyday, Walker wrote more than 100 hit tunes, typing them up on the pink-painted Royal typewriter that appears on the album's cover. Nelson has created a fitting tribute to an 87-year-old legend whose catalogue doesn't get the attention it deserves, said Jack Bernhardt in the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer. Nelson and Walker grew up in Texas towns not 40 miles apart, and it's clear that they understand each other. On the Ernest Tubb ballad 'œWarm Red Wine,' and the honky-tonk charmer 'œDon't Be Ashamed of Your Age,' 'œNelson's channeling of Walker's humor shines like a neon moon.' His approach is as casual as a porch singalong, said Jim Abbott in the Orlando Sentinel, but sounds far better. He 'œcould do these songs in his sleep, but he never lets his exceedingly offhand style slip into carelessness.' In Nelson's voice, backed by the skills of an intelligent, talented band, this disc is where Walker's songs were fated to end up.

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