Thursday, February 10, 2022
– Will Willie Nelson ever slow down? He announced today he would drop "A Beautiful Time," on April 29, hits 89th birthday.
"I'll Love You Till the Day I Die," the first single and video from "A Beautiful Time," premieres today. The track, Nelson's studio performance of a new Rodney Crowell/Chris Stapleton composition, shows the album's focus on pop-country songwriting.
"A Beautiful Time" introduces a variety of newly-written pop-country songs including five new Nelson/Buddy Cannon compositions and covers of Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Produced by Nelson's longtime musical collaborator Cannon (who's co-written six of the new songs), the release includes Jim "Moose" Brown (B-3 organ, Wurlitzer), Fred Eltringham (drums), Barry Bales (upright bass), Bob Terry (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar), James Mitchell (electric guitar) and Mickey Raphael (harmonica). Melonie Cannon, who is Buddy's daughter, sings backup on five of the tracks.
In 2021, Legacy Recordings released two new Nelson albums - "That's Life" and "The Willie Nelson Family." "That's Life," an homage to Frank Sinatra topped both Billboard's Jazz Albums chart and the Traditional Jazz Albums chart and is currently in the running for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammy.
The track listing is:
1. I'll Love You Till The Day I Die (Rodney Crowell and Chris Stapleton)
2. My Heart Was A Dancer (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
3. Energy Follows Thought (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
4. Dreamin' Again (Jack Wesley Routh and Douglas Graham)
5. I Don't Go To Funerals (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
6. A Beautiful Time (Shawn Camp)
7. We're Not Happy (Till You're Not Happy) (Shawn Camp and Charles R. Humphrey III)
8. Dusty Bottles (Jim "Moose" Brown, Scotty Emerick and Don Sampson)
9. Me And My Partner (Ken Lambert)
10. Tower Of Song (Leonard Cohen)
11. Live Every Day (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
12. Don't Touch Me There (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
13. With A Little Help From My Friends (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
14. Leave You With A Smile (Buddy Cannon, Bobby Terry and Matt Rossi)