Nelson, Hag team up again
Thursday, March 26, 2015
– Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are teaming up for a new album.
Nelson tweeted on Wednesday, "Willie and @MerleHaggard are pairing up again!"
The album will be called "Django & Jimmie," which references guitarist Django Reinhardt, an influence on Nelson, and Jimmie Rodgers. The Hag recorded a Rodgers tribute disc, "Same Train, A Different Time," in 1969.
Nelson mentioned the CD when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live from SXSW last week. The first single is "It's All Gone to Pot." The single will be out April 20.
Nelson and Haggard previously released "Pancho & Lefty" in 1983; "Seashores of Old Mexico" in 1987 and "Last of the Breed" with the late Ray Price in 2007.
More news for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
CD reviews for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
There's nothing quite so affecting as witnessing the reunion of two old friends. It's been over 20 years since road warriors Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard joined forces for their epic collaboration "Pancho & Lefty" and set the standard for several all-star pairings to come. This time around, the two pay homage to some of the musicians that preceded them - jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the whistling railway man, country musician Jimmie Rogers - as well as old pal, ...
After "Always on My Mind," surprisingly, Chip Moman's production isn't nearly as trite on Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's 1983 "Pancho & Lefty." The Townes Van Zandt title hit seems to have been purpose-built for Nelson and Haggard, and though Moman slips in strings, synths and stage cymbals, the earthiness of the vocals and Nelson's gut-string picking carry the day. The bulk of the album contrasts Nelson's unusual meters and Sinatra-like phrasings to Haggard's straight-ahead crooning with ...