is one of music's greatest - few can argue that. His popularity crosses genres, entertainment mediums and socio-economic boundaries.
Even as he creeps up on 80, he's cool, he's smart, he's - just as the title of his latest album suggests - an American Classic
Yet American Classic
is his second CD this year (the first was with Asleep at the Wheel
), and he put out two CDs last year (and we're not counting the constant flow of rereleases). With all this material to sift through, an album like American Classic
is in danger of becoming background music.