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Nelson goes "Bluegrass"

Monday, June 26, 2023 – The ever prolific Willie Nelson continues making new music as h e announced "Bluegrass" is coming Sept. 15 on Sony Legacy.

Nelson will perform 12 of his favorite self-penned classics with a bluegrass ensemble. Songs include "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," "Still is Still Moving to Me" and "Good Hearted Woman." "You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago," the first track from "Bluegrass," is now out.

All songs on "Bluegrass" were written by Nelson except "Good Hearted Woman," which has music and lyrics written by Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

Produced by longtime musical collaborator Buddy Cannon, "Bluegrass" features musicians including Barry Bales (upright bass), Ron Block (banjo), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Josh Martin (acoustic guitar), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Seth Taylor (mandolin), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, gut string guitar), and Dan Tyminski (mandolin). Backing vocals were provided by Wyatt Beard, Buddy Cannon, and Melonie Cannon.

"Bluegrass" features cover art by Micah Nelson (Willie's son, a multimedia artist and musician), whose previous artwork for Willie includes the albums "I Don't Know a Thing About Love" and "First Rose of Spring" as well as 2013's autobiographical book "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road."

The track list is:
1. No Love Around
2. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
3. Good Hearted Woman (cowritten with Waylon Jennings)
4. Sad Songs And Waltzes
5. Home Motel
6. You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago
7. Yesterday's Wine
8. Bloody Mary Morning
9. Slow Down Old World
10. Still Is Still Moving To Me
11. On The Road Again
12. Man With The Blues

"Wille Nelson & Family," a new five-part film documentary series directed by Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival 2023 and is slated for broadcast later this year.

"Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90," a star-studded two-day concert celebrating Willie's 90th birthday, was held at the Hollywood Bowl on April 29-30. "Willie Nelson 90," a film made during the Hollywood Bowl Shows, enjoyed a limited theatrical run at select theaters in early June.

Nelson took home two Grammys at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in 2023: Best Country Solo Performance ("Live Forever") (from Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver) and his first Best Country Album (A Beautiful Time) trophy. Over the course of his career, Willie Nelson has earned 56 Grammy nominations and 12 Grammy Awards.

Nelson is one of the 2023 Inductees into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Nelson is bringing his family and friends on the road for the Outlaw Tour this summer.

Coming Nov. 23, Nelson''s new book, "Energy Follows Thought: The Stories Behind My Songs" provides the stories behind the lyrics of 160 of his favorite songs, along with a dynamic assortment of never-before-seen photos and ephemera.


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