Willie Nelson - You Don't Know Me

Back when Willie Nelson was a teenager in the band of his brother-in-law Bud Fletcher, the two promoted a Lake Whitney dance starring Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. As Willie declared in his autobiography, It was the biggest thrill of my life to that point. This was 1940s Texas. Wills played Dusty Skies, Cherokee Maiden, Miss Molly, and other classics penned by songwriter Cindy Walker. Wills recorded five of Walkers songs in 1941, and when you include the hits she wrote for Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold, and Ernest Tubb, a mid-century Texas dance floor could have stayed packed on a soundtrack of nothing but her music.

This explains why Willie wanted to make an album of Cindy Walker songs. You Dont Know Me can be likened to a country version of Stardust, his famous 1978 collection of recast pop standards. Like the Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael perennials on Stardust, Walkers tunes slip easily around the unique, warm instrument that is Willie Nelsons voice. Fast Focus is pleased to present the Willie Nelson performance of You Dont Know Me.


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