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Quick Spins: Willie Nelson invites us all to his party

Album celebrates joy of making music


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COMMENTARY BY DAN PAVELICH


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Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child” (Sony)

www.willienelson.com, $14.99

Depending on the source, Willie Nelson’s estimated net worth lands somewhere between $15 and $25 million dollars. With his infamous tax problems behind him, he clearly doesn’t need to release records as a necessary source of income.

After a couple of spins through “God’s Problem Child,” I’d say the motivation is nothing more than the joy of making music.

With wonderful country harmonies supplied by the likes of Allison Kraus, Willie gets his hillbilly on with “Little House on The Hill,” “Your Mind has a Memory of Its Own” and the hilarious “Still Not Dead,” which finds Willie combing through his own premature internet death notices.

As usual, these 13 tracks are as welcome as your favorite pair of jeans. Highly recommended.

Trombone Shorty, “Parking Lot Symphony” (Blue Note)

www.tromboneshorty.com, $13.99

While Trombone Shorty is known for his abilities on his namesake instrument, he actually plays a half-dozen other instruments, too.

When he’s not playing sessions and gigs with everyone from the Foo Fighters to The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, he’s heading up his own charity foundation, which focuses on donating instruments to school music programs across his native New Orleans.

You might expect his Blue Note Records debut to be a traditional jazz outing, yet it encompasses too many genres to mention them all. From the funky “It Ain’t No Use” to the marching band drive of “Like a Dog,” there isn’t a dull moment on this record.

There’s definitely something for everyone here, but I suspect musicians will take particular notice. Highly recommended.

Honeychain, “Crushed” (honeychain)

www.honeychainmusic.com

Honeychain’s follow-up to 2013’s “Futura” has been well worth the wait. Hillary Burton and the lads have cooked up 11 stellar tracks, brimming with muscular guitars and instantly likable chorus hooks. Beginning with the one-two punch of “Bombs Away” and “Crushed,” the group is in your face like prime Material Issue and The Ramones.

Kim Shattuck of The Muffs produced this record, so it should come as no surprise that Burton’s pop-punk comes delivered with a similar ferocity as that excellent band. These tunes are short and sweet and sound fantastic in the car with the windows rolled down. Very highly recommended.

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Paramore/After Laughter (WEA)

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Seether/Poison the Parish (Canine Rio)

Dan Fogelberg/Live at Carnegie Hall (CD Baby)

Todd Rundgren/White Knight (Cleopatra)

NKOTB/Thankful (NKOTB Music)

Warrant/Louder Harder Faster (Frontiers)

CDs provided by CD-DVD-Games-Warehouse,

3717 80th St., Kenosha, 262-942-9400.


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