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Album Review | COUNTRY

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, ‘Django and Jimmie’

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard sound every inch the old friends they are on their latest duet album, “Django and Jimmie.’’ The two country legends have teamed up periodically over the years — most notably on 1983’s “Pancho & Lefty” — and their dusty, craggy croons are a comforting fit. (For fans of holiday music, the pair also made a terrific album called “Pancho, Lefty and Rudolph.”) The album opens with a lovely cowboy waltz tribute to the album’s title characters — jazz guitarist Reinhardt and “Singing Brakeman” Rodgers, respectively — and flows naturally from there. The duo become a trio with the addition of Bobby Bare on a toe-tapping homage to the Man in Black, “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” and they welcome Jamey Johnson into the studio for the swinging, tongue-in-cheek number “It’s All Going to Pot.” In addition to a clutch of strong originals, the men also take on another lion with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and each puts a stamp on one of the other’s classics as Haggard tackles “Family Bible” and Nelson croons “Somewhere Between.” (Out Tuesday)


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