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Willie Nelson Releasing First Standards Album Since Stardust

Features Duets With Norah Jones & Diana Krall

Jun 12, 2009 Willie Nelson
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August pop artists put their stamp on the American Songbook all the time now but Willie Nelson made it popular with 1978’s Stardust. After a spot at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and Country Male Vocal Performance Grammy, years later it still shines as an exemplar in any genre. On August 25th, legendary singer Willie Nelson will try to recapture some of that Stardust magic with American Classic, his first LP of standards in over 30 years. The tracklisting is below. No album artwork is avaliable yet. Classic is also the former “outlaw” musician’s Blue Note Records solo debut. Blue Note also put out Two Men With the Blues, the 76-year-old songwriter’s 2008 understated collaborative LP with Wynton Marsalis. It’s amazing it took Nelson this far into his career before he was on a jazz label, since his fluid approach to country has more in common with jazzmen than folkies/singing cowboys.

Classic will feature special guest spots by singers Norah Jones and Diana Krall and three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz producer Tommy LiPuma will man the boards. LiPuma’s credits include work with Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, and jazz fusion quartet The Yellowjackets. String arrangements are being handled by M*A*S*H composer Johnny Mandel and Nelson’s backup players include mainstay harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and notable jazz musicians such as bassist Christian McBride, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Lewis Nash. The new release will be released in the midst of Nelson’s baseball park summer tour through America’s Heartland with Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp.

American Classic:

01 The Nearness Of You
02 Fly Me to the Moon
03 Come Rain or Shine
04 If I Had You (feat. Diana Krall)
05 Ain’t Misbehavin’
06 I Miss You So
07 Because of You
08 Baby It’s Cold Outside (feat. Norah Jones)
09 Angel Eyes
10 On the Street Where You Live
11 Since I Fell For You
12 Always On My Mind


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