"That's Life" for Willie
Friday, December 11, 2020
– Willie Nelson, 87, does not seem to be slowing down. "That's Life," Nelson's tribute to Frank Sinatra, will be out Feb. 26, 2021 on Sony Legacy.
The 11-song disc continues Nelson's longtime musical appreciation of Sinatra as evidenced by 2018's "My Way," which earned the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album.
"I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank," Nelson said in an interview for AARP magazine (June/July 2018). "He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat or whatever - he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have."
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, "That's Life" was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where Sinatra, the first artist to record at the facility, created an unbroken string of albums from March 1956 to November 1961 - with additional recording at Pedernales Studios in Austin. The disc features lush string and horn arrangements on an album mixed by Al Schmitt, who's recorded and mixed more than 150 Gold and Platinum albums and won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer.
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