USA, 1974, outlaw country / progressive country

Willie NelsonRed Headed Stranger: The deepest heartbreaks are the most beautiful, and this album—and its theme—is beautiful in its lonesomeness. Lonesome, not lonely. The red-headed stranger meets plenty of women along the way, but none of them can replace the wife of his youth, the one for whom he bought the black bay stallion, the one whom he caught in bed with another man and subsequently shot dead. And at the end of his travels? He tries to convince himself that he can buy love in the arms of working women (I think??). This album is a well-crafted sojourn through the mind of a betrayed man.

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