A blues album from the country great is really not as unusual as it might at first sound. Many of his finest compositions have essentially been blues ballads. Plus, he has the voice for it and the IRS has given him loads of inspiration over the last few years.
But despite what Island's marketing reps gleaned from focus groups, pairing Nelson with contemporary blues names like Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Susan Tedeschi -- who aren't fit to polish Nelson's drivers -- just gets in the way. A better idea would've been to leave Nelson alone with his guitar, stand back and let the magic happen.