Listen as the legendary Willie Nelson leads an all-star cast in a jam for the ages YouTube

Whomever put this quartet together is an absolute genius.

Keith Richards has been performing “Dead Flowers” since “Sticky Fingers” was released in 1971. With all due respect to The Rolling Stones, it has never sounded as good as when Willie Nelson, Hank Williams III and Ryan Adams came together on a jam for the ages.

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Four guys from four very different backgrounds and each with their own unique style joined forces for Willie Nelson’s 2002 TV special “Willie Nelson & Friends – Stars & Guitars.” What transpired was magically brilliant.

While the guitars are nothing short of amazing, what really blows you away are the absolutely glorious harmonies that really nail the song home. This isn’t rock ‘n’ roll; this isn’t blues; this isn’t country. This is just a great song and a performance this magical is just music.

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When voices as beautiful as these come together, it really can be a choir of angels — country and rock ‘n’ angels, but angels none the less.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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