Django and Jimmie

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Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Django and Jimmie.jpg
Studio album by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Released June 2, 2015
Genre Country, outlaw country
Length 46:44
Label Legacy Recordings
Producer Buddy Cannon
Willie Nelson chronology
Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1: December Day
(2014)
Django and Jimmie
(2015)
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
(2016)
Merle Haggard chronology
Working in Tennessee
(2011)
Django and Jimmie
(2015)

Django and Jimmie is a duet album by American country music artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The release marks the sixth and final album collaboration between Nelson and Haggard and Haggard's final album prior to his death in April 2016.

The album was well received by the critics, while it topped Billboard's Top Country Albums and reached number seven on the Billboard 200 upon its release.

Overview[edit]

Django and Jimmie marked Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's sixth album collaboration.[1] Nelson announced its completion during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at South by Southwest festival on March 20, 2015. The release of the first single, "It's All Going to Pot" was set for April 20 (420 day).[2]

Produced by Buddy Cannon, the album features fourteen tracks by Nelson and Haggard. The song "Django and Jimmie" is a tribute to musicians Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.[3] Cannon forwarded the title-track to Haggard and Nelson separately. Both were interested by the song, and had talked in previous years about recording a new collaboration album.[4] The preproduction of the album took eighteen months. The parties involved discussed the type of material they wanted to include in the album and co-wrote some of the songs by talking on the telephone. The entire album was recorded in three days.[5] It features a guest appearance by Bobby Bare on the tribute song "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash". The release of the album was announced for June 2, 2015.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone3/5 stars
UncutFavorable.
American Songwriter3.5/5 stars
Paste8.6/10
Austin Chronicle4/5 stars
Wall Street JournalFavorable.
New YorkerFavorable.
Allmusic3.5/5 stars

Critical[edit]

The album garnered positive reviews. With 73 points out of 100, the aggregate score website Metacritic classified them as "Generally favorable reviews".[6] Rolling Stone rated the release with three stars out of five. The magazine called it a "grab bag" new and older material that relied on Nelson and Haggard's "mythology".[7] Uncut delivered a favorable review, declaring: "Nelson sings like a canary and plays like a dream, Haggard growls like a grizzled jailbird and everyone seems to be having a blast".[8] American Songwriter favored the chemistry between Nelson and Haggard, while it praised Cannon and his "rootsy, loose and homey" approach, while it called the backing band "great".[9] Paste delivered a positive review, declaring: "Just hearing (Haggard and Nelson) make the music they want is plenty".[10]

Austin Chronicle rated the album with four stars out of five. The review remarked the merger of the styles of both artists: Haggard's signature use of the Telecaster and steel guitar; with Nelson's guitar and Mickey Raphael's harmonica. It called the rasp on their voices "well seasoned", while it concluded that both "deliver a master class on how country music is supposed to be done".[11] Los Angeles Times wrote a favorable review, that considered "the spirit in (Haggard and Nelson's) voices" the main feature of the album.[12] Wall Street Journal called it "one of the strongest, most engaging country albums of 2015" and remarked "its fresh, revealing songs, striking harmonies and varying rhythms".[13] On its review, New Yorker talked about the situation of Country music. The magazine opined that the album was "outlier in a genre that is increasingly fixated on youth", and discussed the disappearance of adult themes and aging in the genre.[14]

Allmusic gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. It praised Cannon's "sharp ear for material, along with a way with a relaxed groove", while it considered Haggard and Nelson "filled with good humor (and) a delicate balance of fun and sweet".[15]

Commercial[edit]

Upon its release, Django and Jimmie sold 31,000 units.[16] It topped Billboard's Top Country Albums; and reached number seven on the Billboard 200, becoming Nelson's fourth top ten album on the chart and Haggard's first.[17] The album has sold 148,000 copies in the US as of May 2016.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Django and Jimmie"Jimmy Melton, Jeff Prince2:53
2."It's All Going to Pot" (featuring Jamey Johnson)Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell2:56
3."Unfair Weather Friend"Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ward Davis4:14
4."Missing Ol' Johnny Cash" (featuring Bobby Bare)Merle Haggard3:26
5."Live This Long"Shawn Camp, Marv Green3:35
6."Alice in Hulaland"Cannon, Willie Nelson3:01
7."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"Bob Dylan4:10
8."Family Bible"Nelson3:36
9."It's Only Money"Nelson, Cannon3:56
10."Swinging Doors"Haggard2:51
11."Where Dreams Come to Die"Nelson, Cannon3:18
12."Somewhere Between"Haggard3:24
13."Driving the Herd"Nelson, Cannon2:49
14."The Only Man Wilder Than Me"Haggard2:35

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 31
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 172
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 16
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 50
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 70
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 78
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 66
US Billboard 200[27] 7
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[28] 1

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Album Reviews". Uncut: 72. June 3, 2015. 
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