Various Artists

Life's Highway

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Life's Highway is a 14-track collection of honky tonk and progressive country that's about, well, "Life's Highway," and it takes unpredictable turns. It's a shaky concept for an album, but the record holds together because the artists and the performances are so good. There are a few weak spots and odd choices (why is Willie Nelson represented by "Over the Rainbow"?), but for the most part it's fine, featuring performances by Steve Wariner ("Life's Highway"), Pam Tillis ("Let That Pony Run"), Keith Whitley ("I'm No Stranger to the Rain"), Merle Haggard ("Mama Tried"), Waylon Jennings ("Will the Wolf Survive"), the Mavericks ("Mr. Jones"), Charlie Rich ("Rollin' With the Flow"), the Desert Rose Band ("Homeless") and Hank Williams, Jr. ("Mind Your Own Business").

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