Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Live release from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. They are the Last of the Breed - the elder statesmen of classic Country Music who have inspired artists for generations. No one else sings country music with the passion and purity of Willie, Merle and Ray Price, and in March 2007, these living legends and Country Music Hall of Famers united on-stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event. Backed by the Grammy Award winning Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel and Ray Price s Cherokee Cowboys, The Last Of The Breed: Live In Concert delivers a master class in Honky Tonk and Western Swing. 16 tracks.
Personnel: Kenny Vernon (vocals, guitar); Scott Joss (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Theresa Lane Haggard (vocals); Elizabeth McQueen (guitar); Cliff Price (acoustic guitar); Gary Jones (electric guitar); Eddie Rivers (pedal steel guitar, saxophone); Michael Cass (pedal steel guitar); Robert Flickenger, Laura Hazelbaker (violin); Jason Roberts , Dale Morris Jr. (fiddle); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Gilbert Sedeno, Floyd Domino (piano); Tyler Jackson, David Miller (bass guitar); Fernando Caleron, David Sanger (drums); Ray Benson.
Audio Mixer: Paul Klingberg.
Audio Remasterer: Steve Hall .
Ensembles: Cherokee Cowboys; Merle Haggard Band; Asleep at the Wheel.
In 2007, Willie Nelson collaborated with fellow country veterans Merle Haggard and Ray Price for the sadly all too true-titled THE LAST OF THE BREED. A heartfelt but surprisingly vital piece of work from these three old honky-tonkers (Price was entering his 80s at the time), this was followed by an old-time revue tour that featured all three singers, backed by the equally wizened western swing orchestra Asleep at the Wheel. A loose, good-time feel pervades the set, with all three singers in fine, clear voice throughout. Particular highlights include Price's tearjerking ballad "Make the World Go Away," a scrappy take on Hag's anthem "Mama Tried," and a sweet duet of Nelson and Haggard on "Pancho and Lefty."