I don't know a lot about reggae music. I know I like Toots & The Maytalls; if I'm in a bad mood, all I have to do is listen to "Monkey Man" or "Pressure Drop" and I'm smiling. I also own the excellent Rastaman Vibration by Bob Marley & The Wailers, but other than that, my exposure to reggae music has been limited to hanging out at a few friends' houses and flipping to the Soul Shakedown Party on occasion Monday nights. But I like most of what I've heard.
I also have a soft spot for Willie Nelson. I mean, sure, his voice isn't rich or even that solid, and some of his efforts have been pretty rank, but he's a great songwriter and has put serious effort into a 45-year career. My respect for his music will even allow me to forgive his most recent acting effort - just barely.
However, until last year, I didn't expect to combine those two interests. When I heard Toots & The Maytals' True Love, I fell over backwards: Still Is Still Moving To Me, the song Willie co-wrote and guested on was amazing. Then I found out that this year, Mr. Nelson was releasing the reggae album Countryman - which had a bit of controversy due to its album cover - and I was very intrigued. And from the sample videos I checked out, for good reason. Good stuff.