Sinatra with country sauce! Willie Nelson has announced the release of a new opus tribute to his lifelong idol, to be released at the end of February 2021
Willie Nelson always said it: he learned to write songs by listening Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and many others. But it was above all a certain crooner who taught him to sing: Frank Sinatra. On February 26, Nelson will be released That’s Life, a new collection of covers from Sinatra.
That’s Life dig a little deeper than his previous cover album, My Way ; in addition to hits like the title track and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, it includes lesser known classics like “Just in Time” and “The Lonesome Road” released in 1959.
“I learned a lot about phrasing while listening to Frank, Willie Nelson said in 2018. He didn’t care what was going on behind it and the beat, or whatever – he could sing it back and forth, and that’s the feeling you all must have. “
In 2018, Nelson had therefore published My Way, a record composed entirely of songs by Sinatra that had won him a Grammy.
One of Nelson’s favorite songs on this new cover album is « A Cottage for Sale », written by Larry Conley and Willard Robison. Listen to the new version here. Nelson recently told Dallas Wayne, on the show Willie’s Roadhouse of Sirius XM, which he had first heard Jerry Jeff Walker cover the track. “I thought it was a great song, and found out that a lot of other people had done it too.said Nelson. I’m just happy to be able to pay him another tribute. I can’t wait to make it known. “
“He was an accomplished professional. “
Nelson recorded this new album with the producers Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where Sinatra recorded his classics from 1956 to 1961. Sinatra was a huge fan of Nelson – he would have even called him “his favorite singer” after hearing Stardust, and the two teamed up for a series of concerts at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas in 1984.
“Like me, Frank didn’t want to be the headliner. He was an accomplished professional, ” said Willie Nelson.
In full quarantine, Willie took care of himself. He published a book, Me and Sister Bobbie : True Tales of the Family Band, hosted several shows on his Sirius XM channel with his daughter Paula and recorded numerous concerts with his sons Lukas and Micah. “I will be happy to go and play anywhere as soon as possible, he said recently. Inside, outside, up, down, I don’t care, as long as we can see a few people. This [pandémie] was hard on everyone. “