To All the Girls...

To All the Girls...

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson


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Arriving a few short months after the standards collection Let's Face the Music and Dance, which itself came less than a year after his Legacy debut Heroes, To All the Girls splits the difference between these two albums for Legacy. As a duets album comprised entirely of female partners, To All the Girls is, like Heroes, driven by superstar guest power but the intimate, relaxed feel is reminiscent of Let's Face the Music and Dance. Such a quiet, comfortable setting is welcoming to a wide variety of partners, ranging from living legends Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, and Emmylou Harris to more recent superstars Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Between these two extremes lie such excellent, underappreciated, new alt-country singers like Brandi Carlile and the Secret Sisters, family -- both sister Paula Nelson and Melonie Cannon, the daughter of Buddy Cannon -- and stars who are working their way toward legend status (Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Wynnona Judd, Shelby Lynne). Similarly, the songs split the difference between new versions of Nelson classics ("Bloody Mary Morning," "Always on My Mind," "Please Don't' Tell Me How the Story Ends"), covers of beloved songs ("Til the End of the World," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain"), and brand-new tunes (Dolly brings in "From Here to the Moon and Back," which she wrote for Joyful Noise, a gospel musical co-starring Queen Latifah). Nearly all of this proceeds at an amiably lazy gait, which makes the handful of cuts that stray from this path quite notable: "Bloody Mary Morning" retains its trademark gallop with Wynnona; Brandi Carlile hits the honky tonk fairly hard on "Making Believe"; Shelby Lynne gives a hazy south-of-the-border feel to "The End of the World," and Krauss' "No Mas Amor" is dreamy. Although there is not a bad cut here -- this is all assured, easy, impeccably tasteful work from Willie and his partners -- the 70-minute length of To All the Girls does make the album feel a little samey, but that can be a good thing, as it makes for nice, romantic mood music or a drowsy Sunday afternoon at home.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887654258625
catalogNumber: 542586
Rank: 2823


  1. From Here To the Moon and Back
  2. She Was No Good For Me
  3. It Won't Be Very Long
  4. Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends
  5. Far Away Places
  6. Bloody Mary Morning
  7. Always On My Mind
  8. Somewhere Between
  9. No Mas Amor
  10. Back To Earth
  11. Grandma's Hands
  12. Walkin'
  13. Till the End of the World
  14. Will You Remember Mine
  15. Dry Lightning
  16. Making Believe
  17. Have You Ever Seen the Rain
  18. After the Fire is Gone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Bobby Wood   Synthesizer
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Echo Harp,Bass Harmonica
Buddy Cannon   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums,Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
David Davidson   Strings
John Hobbs   Piano,Hammond B3
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Kathryn Plummer   Strings
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Tommy White   Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Bobby Woods   Synthesizer
Wayne Benson   Mandolin
Keith Gattis   Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Wei Tsun Chang   Strings
Monisa Angell   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
David Angel   Strings
Norah Jones   Piano
Jim "Moose" Brown   Percussion,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Sarighani Reist   Strings
Zeneba Bowers   Strings
Stefan Petrescu   Strings
Lukas Nelson   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Seanad Chang   Strings
Steve Herrmann   Trumpet
Lyndel Rhodes   Harmonica
Kevin "Swine" Granit   Upright Bass
Bobby Cannon   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer,Producer
Butch Carr   Engineer
John Guess   Engineer
John Hobbs   String Arrangements
John Leventhal   Engineer
Andy Taub   Engineer
L.E. White   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Keith Gattis   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
T.W. Cargile   Engineer
Jacob Sciba   Engineer
Tim Hanseroth   Engineer
Gordon Hammond   Engineer
Sammy Barrett   Composer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
John L. Christopher   Composer

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