Tuesday, November 1, 2011
– Willie Nelson is reaching way way back with his next release - a covers album mainly of songs from the 1950s.
"Remember Me, Vol. 1" will be out Nov. 21 on R & J Records with 14 songs hand-picked by Nelson from among the top Billboard hits of the last 70 years. Artists and songwriters in Nelson's versions of their songs include Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Rosemary Clooney, Porter Wagoner and Ray Price. The first volume, out Nov. 21, is drawn from Nelson's sessions with producer James Stroud, which yielded more than 30 songs. Stroud owns the record label.
Players on the disc include Eddie Bayers (drums), David Hungate (bass), Brent Mason (electric guitar), Biff Watson (acoustic guitar), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Sonny Garrish (steel guitar), John Hobbs (piano/keyboards), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle/mandolin) and Wes Hightower and Cindy Walker (background vocals). Jerry Puckett and Chris Collins also guest on the sessions.
1. Remember Me (Ernest Tubb, 1950, number 5 Country)
2. Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955, number 1 Country & Pop)
3. Why Baby Why (George Jones, 1955, number 4 Country)
4. Today I Started Loving You Again (Merle Haggard, 1970)
5. I'm Movin' On (Hank Snow, 1950, number 1 Country)
6. That Just About Does It (Vern Gosdin, 1989, number 4 Country)
7. This Old House (Rosemary Clooney, 1954, number 1 Pop)
8. Sunday Morning Coming Down (Johnny Cash, 1970, number 1 Country)
9. Smoke That Cigarette (Tex Williams, 1947, number 1 Country)
10. Slowly (Webb Pierce, 1954, number 1 Country)
11. A Satisfied Mind (Porter Wagoner, 1955, number 1 Country)
12. Roly Poly (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, 1946, number 3 Country)
13. Release Me (Ray Price, 1954, number 6 Country)
14. Ramblin' Fever (Merle Haggard, 1977, number 2 Country)
15. More And More (Webb Pierce, 1954, number 1 Country) *iTunes exclusive
"Remember Me, Vol. 2" is scheduled to be released next year.