Moment of Forever: An Odd Pairing Helps a Vet Shine
The Red Headed Stranger goes all moody on us for much of this collaboration with, of all people, Kenny Chesney, who co-produced with Nashville veteran Buddy Cannon. Odd couple-ish as it may sound, Chesney and Cannon sculpt evocative, Daniel Lanois-like sonic surroundings in the mesmerizing lead-off track, "Over You Again," which Nelson wrote with his sons Micah and Lukas, and for Nelson's intensely intimate performance of the Kris Kristofferson-Danny Timms title track, a celebration of one of those moments when love felt perfect.
Many songs center on tapping the wisdom that comes from experience, especially wisdom that grows out of regret over the inevitable missteps along life's path. Chesney steps in as a singer on "Worry B Gone," a Guy Clark-Gary Nicholson-Lee Roy Parnell ode to the substances that can provide relief from those missteps, however temporary that relief may be.
There's a dab of sociopolitical commentary in versions of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" and a modest update of Randy Newman's " Louisiana 1927," (the titular year and the song's original reference to President Coolidge dropped here to make it sound more like the post-Katrina anthem it's become).