Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and the Boys, the eagerly-awaited second installment in the acclaimed Willie’s Stash archival recordings series on Friday, October 20th on CD and LP.
Following in the musical footsteps of 2014’s December Day, the first volume in the Willie’s Stash series (featuring Willie’s Sister Bobbie), Willie Nelson and the Boys is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of well-loved American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by the immortal Hank Williams Sr.
The Willie’s Stash series will present a variety of archival releases, each personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, providing unique perspectives on one of America’s most vital musical forces.
Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the extraordinary 2011 sessions for Heroes, Willie’s Legacy debut, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) is produced by Nelson’s longtime friend and collaborator Grammy-winning Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.
Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (vocals, Trigger), Lukas Nelson (vocals, electric guitar, resonator guitar), Micah Nelson (vocals), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin “Swine” Grantt (bass), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jim “Moose” Brown (piano, B-3 organ, Wurlitzer), Mike Johnson (steel guitar), Tony Creasman (drums), Barry Bales (upright bass on “My Tears Fall”) and Lonnie Wilson (drums on “My Tears Fall”). “Move It On Over” featured background vocals by the Spur Of The Moment Singers: Buddy Cannon, Mickey Raphael, Kevin “Swine” Grantt, Bobby Terry, Jim “Moose” Brown, Mike Johnson, Tony Creasman, Melonie Cannon, and Shannon Finnegan.
According to Nelson, the album is “….kinda like the country version of ‘Stardust.’ Where you have all these great songs and standards that the young people have never heard, then all of a sudden you have a whole new audience out there.”
“I really love the live element of this record,” states producer Buddy Cannon. “There was a fire in the studio during those sessions, especially on these particular tracks. It was as though the band was in a Nashville honky tonk and Willie and Lukas strolled in and jammed with the band for an hour. That’s what this record is. It’s honest excitement. I’ve never cut a record before that has this element…. It’s a great joy to see Willie, Luke and Micah all equally part of a record that I love so much.”
Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) is the artist’s tenth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy album, God’s Problem Child, was released on April 28th (the eve of Willie’s 84th birthday on April 29th) and promptly entered the Billboard Country chart at No. 1, making it the artist’s second US country chart-topper in less than two years; Nelson’s sixth Legacy release, Django and Jimmie, an unforgettable musical collaboration with Merle Haggard, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in June 2015.
1. Move It On Over (Hank Williams Sr.)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams Sr.)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Willie Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Hank Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Hank Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams Sr.)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Hank Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
9. My Tears Fall (Alyssa Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Hank Williams Sr. and Fred Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Hank Williams Sr.)
Author: Buddy Iahn
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