Admittedly, not every album that Willie Nelson puts out is a classic, and his batting average has been in decline over the last few years. But now and again he can still knock one out of the park, as he's done with You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker, a wonderfully conceived salute to the country & western songwriting great behind such memorable tunes as Roy Orbison's Dream Baby, Bob Wills's Bubbles In My Beer, Hank Snow's The Next Voice You Hear and hundreds of others besides the heartbreaking title track. Nelson selects just 13 of Walker's gems for interpretation, but his choices are perfectly suited to his now well-weathered voice, which is beautifully framed by astutely understated arrangements. Having a ringer for a sideman like fiddler Johnny Gimble, who played some of these songs with Wills back in his Texas Playboys days, doesn't hurt. If only Lost Highway would stop trying to push boardroom-hatched gimmicks on Nelson and let him record the music he loves, we might have more albums like this and fewer like the reggae head-scratcher Countryman.