Willie Nelson’s ‘First Rose of Spring’ Another Bouquet from the Master

With First Rose of Spring, Willie Nelson’s studio album tally is up to 16 — for the last decade alone. (It’s 70 overall — so far.) Lately, they’ve started rolling into one another, like points along a continuum rather than discrete entities. But even though his last few releases have been thematically similar — he’s been ruminating about mortality, loss and life in the rear view for some time now — they’re each worth savoring as genuine pearls of musical wisdom, delivered by our most revered sage of country Zen.
~ Lynne Margolis, American Songwriter

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Lu releases her 6th album on June 5, 2001. It was the long-awaited follow-up to her masterpiece “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.”

It’s hard to top a masterpiece and the album didn’t do as well as the previous. Still, it has its “Lu” moments and fits nicely in her library of work.