Trending
MOST READ
Best Brunch

Best Brunch

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Italian: SoBro Pizza Co.

Italian: SoBro Pizza Co.

Flavor 2014: If you build it, they will come. If you build it underneath their apartments, they’ll stop by for gelato, Napolitano pizzas and an excellent wine... 7/29/2014
Dessert & Bakery: La Panaderia

Dessert & Bakery: La Panaderia

Flavor 2014: Los panaderos are in San Antonio. Brothers David and Jose Cacéres have opened the first of what could be many locations of La Panaderia, a concept the... 7/29/2014
Best Happy Hour

Best Happy Hour

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Music: Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... By J.D. Swerzenski 9/17/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Aural Pleasure Review

Willie Nelson: 'Heroes'

Photo: , License: N/A


Unlike too many artists his age, Willie Nelson (who turned 79 in April) gets cooler and edgier with time. His latest album is a collection of country classics from as early as the 1930s and new songs that are as good — if not even better — than the covers. “Come on back, Jesus … and pick up John Wayne on the way,” he sings in “Come on back, Jesus,” one of the instant classics here that sound as if it were written during the Duke’s heyday. Nelson’s versions of modern rock are a mixed bag: His rendition of Pearl Jam’s folk gem “Just Breathe” (from 2009’s Backspacer) fits him perfectly, but Coldplay’s “The Scientist” is just not for him; used in a Chipotle Grill ad campaign for sustainably raised foods, the song closes the album but feels like a forced bonus track. The best of the collaborations (which include opener “A Horse Called Music” with Merle Haggard) is the rockin’ (and appropriately titled) “Roll Me Up.” Guest stars Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson do a fine job with their lines, but nothing can beat Snoop Dogg singing “Roll me up and smoke me when I die.” In an album full of highlights, the stomping, fast-driving version of Fred Rose’s “Home in San Antone” is not only arguably the song’s best version, but ranks amongst the best arranged songs in Nelson’s entire catalogue. “When I feel like braggin'/ I just up and say/ I'm a native son of San Antone.” Play that next time someone disses the Alamo.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Recently in Music
  • The Permanent Gangsta Status of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Prodigy, better known to ’90s rap aficionados as the prodigious half of Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, has made a successful career operating on... | 9/17/2014
  • Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... | 9/17/2014
  • Loudon Wainwright Hasn’t Got the Blues (Yet) Emerging with his eponymous debut in 1970, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III found himself lumped along with fellow post-Dylan folk-revivalists Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Randy Newman. But where those contemporaries relied on abstract imagery or p | 9/17/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus