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Nelson pays tribute to Price

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Willie Nelson will pay tribute to his late friend, Ray Price, with "For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price" on Sept. 16 on Legacy Recordings.

"Heartaches by the Number," "Crazy Arms," "Night Life," "Faded Love" and "For the Good Times" are among the songs covered by Nelson.

Nelson teamed up with producer Fred Foster and conductor/arranger Bergen White on the new disc. Foster and White worked together to complete Price's final album, "Beauty Is...," at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios, where Nelson recorded this disc.

Providing musical backup on six tracks - "Invitation To The Blues," "Heartaches By The Numbers," "Crazy Arms," "City Lights," "I'll Be There" and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me" are The Time Jumpers. The band consists Vince Gill (electric and acoustic guitars, harmony vocals), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Kenny Sears (fiddle), Brad Albin (bass), Billy Thomas (drums), Jeff Taylor (piano and accordion), Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Willie's Family Band harmonica player Mickey Raphael.

For the orchestral tracks, the Nashville String Machine, a full ensemble featuring violins, violas, cellos, string basses, sax, flute and oboe accompanies Nelson.

A key figure in post-World War II country music, Price began his career singing on the local Abilene, Texas radio program "Hillbilly Circus" in 1948 before joining the "Big D Jamboree" in Dallas a year later. When CBS picked up the show, Price began garnering his first national exposure.

Moving to Nashville in the early 1950s, Price became friends with country music avatar Hank Williams, going on to manage the Drifting Cowboys after Hank's death in 1953. That same year, Ray Price formed his own band, the Cherokee Cowboys, a country music ensemble that would employ Nelson as bassist in 1961.

During his career, Price had hits with Nelson's "Night Life" and "It Always Will Be." In the 1950s and 1960s, he kept grassroots country sounds alive through the infusion of rock and pop music elements.

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Price became one of the godfathers of countrypolitan, combining lush orchestral arrangements with crooning. Price's music connected honky-tonk to big band to rock 'n' roll to country swing to pop.

Songs on the CD are:
1. Heartaches By The Number (featuring The Time Jumpers)
2. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring The Time Jumpers)
3. Faded Love
4. It Always Will Be
5. City Lights (featuring The Time Jumpers)
6. Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me (featuring The Time Jumpers)
7. Make The World Go Away
8. I'm Still Not Over You
9. Night Life
10. Crazy Arms (featuring The Time Jumpers)
11. Invitation To The Blues (featuring The Time Jumpers)
12. For The Good Times

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