Willie Nelson will release new album ‘The Willie Nelson Family’ via Legacy Recordings on Friday 19th November 2021.
The album is shaped around a setlist of 12 favourite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire. It draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter’s ‘Keep It On The Sunnyside’ and the traditional hymn ‘In The Garden’) while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams (‘I Saw The Light’) and Kris Kristofferson (‘Why Me’) to George Harrison (‘All Things Must Pass’) and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album’s compositions).
Produced by Willie Nelson and Steve Chadie, ‘The Willie Nelson Family’ was recorded and mixed by Chadie at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas.
Musicians on The Willie Nelson Family are: Willie Nelson (lead vocals, background vocals, Trigger); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Lukas Nelson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals, background vocals); Micah Nelson (drums, bass, background vocals); Paula Nelson (background vocals); Amy Nelson (background vocals); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Billy English (drums); Paul English (percussion) and Kevin Smith (bass).
Willie’s son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album’s tracks – ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Keep It On The Sunnyside’ – while sharing lead vocals with Willie on ‘I Saw the Light’, ‘I Thought About You, Lord’ and ‘Why Me’.
The track listing for ‘The Willie Nelson Family’ is:
- Heaven and Hell (Willie Nelson)
- Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (Willie Nelson)
- Laying My Burdens Down (Willie Nelson)
- Family Bible (Claude Gray, Paul Buskirk & Walt Breeland)
- In the Garden (traditional)
- All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
- I Saw the Light (Hank Williams, Sr.)
- In God’s Eyes (Willie Nelson)
- Keep It On the Sunnyside (A.P. Carter)
- I Thought About You, Lord (Willie Nelson)
- Too Sick To Pray (Willie Nelson)
- Why Me (Kris Kristofferson)