Willie Nelson to Release Sinatra Tribute Album, ‘My Way’

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Legacy Recordings will release My Way, Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 12th for the label), on Sept. 14. My Way will be available on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie’s web store.

In addition, the first single from the album, Willie’s take on the classic “Summer Wind,” was also released today. Watch it below.

My Way is Nelson’s second new studio album this year, following the release of Last Man Standing in April.

Pre-order My Way here.

According to the press release from Legacy, “An album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, My Way finds Willie (who’s written a few standards himself) swinging his way through some of the most beloved songs in the Great American Songbook. The album—which features lush string and horn arrangements—was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings.”

Recorded in the spirit of Nelson’s 1978 Stardust album (he was 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.

Related: Willie recently had some health issues but he’s on the rebound now

Says the announcement, “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 Willie 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. “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.”

The album includes familiar tracks like “It Was A Very Good Year,” “I’ll Be Around,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “What Is This Thing Called Love” (a duet with nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones) and the title track.

Watch the video for “Summer Wind,” from My Way

Track Listing

01. Fly Me To The Moon
02. Summer Wind
03. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
04. A Foggy Day
05. It Was A Very Good Year
06. Blue Moon
07. I’ll Be Around
08. Night And Day
09. What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)
10. Young At Heart
11. My Way

Nelson has a busy 2018 tour schedule. (Tickets are available here and here.)

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