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Classic Album Review: Willie Nelson | Rainbow Connection

It might not be Willie’s most mature and artful effort, but it’s fun for kids of all ages.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


He may look older than God’s dog, but Willie Nelson is still in touch with his inner child. At the very least, he still remembers the phone number, if the innocent fun of his latest album Rainbow Connection is anything to go by.

A homespun project starring Willie, his daughters and other assorted kinfolk, this 13-song acoustic affair is a collection of kids fare and traditional faves, from the Muppet-song title track and the nostalgic I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover to the aw-shucks silliness of I’m My Own Grandpa (told you he looks ancient). There are a few songs for the grownups and regular fans — including a magnificent jazz-blues version of Outskirts Of Town and the gambler’s lament Playin’ Dominoes And Shootin’ Dice — so even if this isn’t Willie’s most mature and artful effort, it’s still fun for kids of all ages.