With this album of duets, Willie teams up with a selection of women, some of them young enough to be his grandchildren, to sing a mix of mostly familiar songs, some of which he wrote in years gone by.
Most of the songs are ballads, though the tempo picks up a little here and there, notably on Bloody Mary morning (with Wynonna Judd) and the closing After the fire is gone (with Tina Rose).
I am familiar with most of the singers to some extemt, but there are some who I've never heard of, which reflects the fact that I'm a bit out of touch with the contemporary music scene, but they all sound great here and I'll investigate the singers new to me in due course.
I'm not sure how long Willie intends to continue recording music, but he has no reason to retire as long as he can sustain this standard. I wonder what Patsy Cline would make of him if she had lived a long life, given that she was reluctant to record Crazy, because she didn't like his voice :-) I suppose it is an acquired taste, but millions of us have acquired that taste.
Not many singers could record an album this good at 80, but Willie has proved with this album that it can be done.