"Lost Highway," finds Willie Nelson doing what he seemingly loves to do best - make music with his friends -- and let's emphasize the "make" in that. The man works at his music making. He, certainly, has been doing it for decades, and. at about 74, is a longtime member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. This record finds him doing two duets with silky country crooner Ray Price, 81 -- they may well be the last of the great honky tonk performers, and the last of the Texas Swing singers, too. They here give us the title song, "Lost Highway," and an emotionally vibrant "I'm Still Not over You." Nelson also duets here with country stars Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, and Shania Twain. The artist collaborates with husband/wife team Elvis Costello and Diana Krall on the timeless, thoughtful "Crazy," one of the first songs Nelson ever wrote: it was a big career-making hit for Patsy Clyne. Finally, he delivers a soaring version of country classic "You Don't Know Me," and a swinging "Harder They Come." Nelson can render a song, any song, with a passion and purity few artists can match. He can deliver an emotionally-laden song, yet do it with a clean, understated approach: guess it takes decades of practice to learn that. Furthermore, the man does just seem to like to ramble, and to make music with his friends: I was once lucky enough to catch him in New York's Central Park, one beautiful blue sky spring evening, playing and singing with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, then calling themselves The Highwaymen. Believe me, there were lots of good vibes bouncing around.