Nelson, Whitters, Watson out with new music
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Nelson, Whitters, Watson out with new music

Friday, February 26, 2021 – The indefatigable Willie Nelson can't seem to slow down. He's out with "That's Life," a tribute to Frank Sinatra. In 2018, he came out with "My Way," also honoring Sinatra. That disc earned a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album. Produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, "That's Life" was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood--where Frank Sinatra, the first artist to record at the facility from March 1956 to November 1961--with additional recording at Pedernales Studios in Austin. 

"The Dream" apparently wasn't enough for Hailey Whitters because now the Iowa native is out with "Living the Dream," a deluxe version of the disc. Whitters adds five songs to the mix with help from Brett Cobb, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Trisha Yearwood, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey. The current single is "Fill-in' My Cup" with LBT. The new release contains 17 songs.

Dale Watson drops his first all instrumental album, "The Memphians." Watson, a Texas native and honky tanker, moved to Memphis in 2017 where he recorded the disc.

Family trio Track45 is out with its "Big Dreams EP." The group is comprised of Jenna, Ben and KK Johnson from Meridien, Miss. The five songs include a cover of Dolly Parton's Light of a Clear Blue Morning."

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CD review - That's Life Willie Nelson's decades-old explorations into the Great American Songbook continue with his second Frank Sinatra tribute in less than three years - the solid and satisfying "That's Life." As with its 2018 predecessor "My Way," Nelson once again joined forces with the production team of Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. Like that previous outing, Rollings' "That's Life" arrangements don't go far afield from those found on the tracks popularized by Sinatra. ...
CD review - First Rose of Spring It's been obvious for some time now that Willie Nelson is essentially super human. At the age of 87, he's as active as ever, a wizened presence, spiritual icon and guiding light for all those that adore country music and Americana. His prowess and proficiency remain undiminished, and the multiple albums he releases on a regular basis attest to the fact that he's not ready to retire any time soon...or ever even as far as that goes. While many of Nelson's recent works ...
CD review - Ride Me Back Home Time may be an enemy to most, but Willie Nelson seems a bit impervious to its ravages - a fact made evident on "Ride Me Back Home," a relaxed affair that showcases Nelson's still-strong voice and his sharp-as-ever songwriting and interpreting abilities. "Ride Me Back Home" is his 13th album for Legacy Recordings since joining the label in 2012 and coincidentally, it is also the 13th collaboration between Nelson and noted producer Buddy Cannon. This partnership, which ...

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