Willie Nelson pays homage to Frank Sinatra on new album

Willie Nelson is paying homage to Frank Sinatra on his new album, My Way, available September 14th via Sony Legacy Recordings. My Way will be available on CD, LP and digital formats as well as part of exclusive merch bundles at Nelson’s web store.

In addition, the first single from the album, Nelson’s take on the classic “Summer Wind,” is available digitally alongside a music video.

My Way is Nelson’s second new studio album this year, following the release of his critically-acclaimed Last Man Standing in April. It’s Nelson’s 12th overall from the label.

An album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, the project finds Nelson (who’s written a few standards himself) swinging his way through some of the most beloved songs in the Great American Songbook. The album, featuring lush string and horn arrangements, was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings.

Two iconic avatars on the American pop culture landscape, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson express the range of romantic emotion — from the intoxicating thrill of falling in love to the crushing hangover of heartbreak — in songs that speak directly to the listener. Recorded in the spirit of Nelson’s legendary 1978 Stardust album (one of the first contemporary artists to “cover” the Great American Songbook) and 2016’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (a Best Traditional Vocal Album Grammy Award winner), My Way pays homage to one of his heroes.

Nelson and Sinatra were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other’s work throughout Sinatra’s lifetime. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Nelson at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the two of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.

“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Nelson said recently 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.”

CD | LP

1. Fly Me To The Moon
2. Summer Wind
3. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
4. A Foggy Day
5. It Was A Very Good Year
6. Blue Moon
7. I’ll Be Around
8. Night And Day
9. What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)
10. Young At Heart
11. My Way

Author: Buddy Iahn

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