One for the Road (Willie Nelson and Leon Russell album) 1979 CD-New $19.99


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One for the Road, Willie Nelson’s duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record (once a double LP, now a single CD) wasn’t recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. The latter makes up for the second half and its appropriately a little more subdued feel, but it’s earthier than Stardust and it makes a good companion for the irresistible first half, which is often cheerfully rowdy (particularly on the dynamite opening triptych of “Detour,” “I Saw the Light,” and “Heartbreak Hotel”) and convincingly bluesy on the ballads and mid-tempo groovers like the excellent “Trouble in Mind.” Both Nelson and Russell are known as sharp interpreters of other people’s material, and teamed together, they might not reinvent these songs (though they come close on “Heartbreak Hotel”), but they infuse a lot of sound and spirit into these songs. It’s a little bit too laid-back and easy to qualify as a no-holds-barred classic (particularly on the second half), but that mellow charm is precisely why it’s a small, priceless gem for any serious fan of either singer.

Video: Willie Nelson and Leon Russell 1979


Track listing:
1.    “Detour” (Paul Westmoreland) – 2:24
2.    “I Saw The Light” (Hank Williams) – 3:04
3.    “Heartbreak Hotel” (Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley) – 3:00
4.    “Let The Rest Of The World Go By” (Ernest Ball, J. Keirn Brennan) – 3:46
5.    “Trouble in Mind” (Richard M. Jones) – 2:40
6.    “Don’t Fence Me In ” (Cole Porter) – 2:25
7.    “The Wild Side of Life” (Arlie Carter, William Warren) – 3:21
8.    “Ridin’ Down the Canyon” (Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette) – 3:20
9.    “Sioux City Sue” (Dick Thomas, Ray Freedman) – 3:15
10.  “You Are My Sunshine” (Charles Mitchell, Jimmie Davis) – 2:49
11.  “Danny Boy” (Frederic Weatherly) – 3:58
12.  “Always” (Irving Berlin) – 2:16
13.  “Summertime” (Dudley Heyward, George Gershwin) – 2:27
14.  “Because Of You” (Dudly Wilkinson) – 2:04
15.  “Am I Blue?” (Grant Clarke, Harry Akst) – 2:16
16.  “Tenderly” (Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross) – 3:58
17.  “Far Away Places” (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney Kramer) – 3:08
18.  “That Lucky Old Sun” (Beasley Smith, Haven Gillespie) – 2:38
19.  “Stormy Weather” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 2:35
20.  “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 2:32

Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in