New York, NY – Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release First Rose Of Spring--Willie Nelson's 70th solo studio album (and 14th for the label)--on Friday, April 24 (right before Willie's 87th birthday on April 29).
First Rose Of Spring will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie's web store. The album's title track and the "First Rose Of Spring" music video are being released today.
Pre-order album and hear "First Rose Of Spring" here: https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/1stRose
An atmospheric soulful showcase of beautifully-written songs and poignant performances, First Rose Of Spring is the artist's first new release since winning the 2020 Best Country Solo Performance Grammy Award--Willie's 10th overall, not including his Grammy Legend and Lifetime Achievement Awards--for "Ride Me Back Home," the title track from his 2019 Legacy Recordings release. The previous year, My Way, Willie's musical homage to Frank Sinatra took home the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Premiering 11 new Willie Nelson studio performances and featuring original artwork created by Willie's son Micah, First Rose Of Spring finds Willie working again with longtime friend and producer Buddy Cannon and debuts two new songs co-written by the pair: "Blue Star" and "Love Just Laughed."
Alongside his new compositions on the album, Willie pays musical tribute to a variety of pop and country songwriters and performers, interpreting songs penned by Toby Keith ("Don't Let The Old Man In"), Billy Joe Shaver ("We Are The Cowboys") and Pete Graves ("Just Bummin' Around" - a song recorded by Jimmy Dean, Dean Martin and others).
An intimate journey through life and love as seen through Willie's unique perspective, First Rose Of Spring finds the artist deep in every moment, sharing profound insights and experiences through songs he's written and songs he loves to sing. Among the younger songwriters celebrated on First Rose Of Spring are the composing teams Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin & Mark Beeson ("First Rose Of Spring") and Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard & Don Sampson ("Stealing Home").
One of the key tracks on First Rose Of Spring is Willie's heartfelt interpretation of "Our Song," a new composition by contemporary country music hitmaker Chris Stapleton. Willie Nelson & Family will appear as special guests on Chris Stapleton's "All-American Roadshow" on two big dates this year: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on March 14 and "A Concert for Kentucky" at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky on April 25.
Closing First Rose Of Spring is Willie's sublime performance of Charles Aznavour's "Hier encore," a 1964 chanson which became an American country classic (and Roy Clark's biggest hit) as "Yesterday When I Was Young" (English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer) in 1969 and, over the years, became a beloved standard performed by a multitude of stars including Bing Crosby, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Mel Tormé, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Julio Iglesias, Johnny Mathis, Elton John and many more. A bittersweet reflection on mortality and life's transient (and transcendent) beauty, "Yesterday When I Was Young" conveys universal thoughts and emotions. On First Rose Of Spring, Willie Nelson shares those feelings through music and makes every song his own.
Willie Nelson - First Rose Of Spring
1. First Rose Of Spring (Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin & Mark Beeson)
2. Blue Star (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
3. I'll Break Out Again Tonight (Sanger "Whitey" Shafer & Doodle Owens)
4. Don't Let The Old Man In (Toby Keith)
5. Just Bummin' Around (Pete Graves)
6. Our Song (Chris Stapleton)
7. We Are The Cowboys (Billy Joe Shaver)
8. Stealing Home (Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard & Don Sampson)
9. I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised (Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers & Mack Vickery)
10. Love Just Laughed (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier Encore) (Charles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer)
Produced by Buddy Cannon
Willie Nelson & Legacy Recordings
In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975's seminal smash Red Headed Stranger. New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others. Since signing with Legacy, Willie Nelson has sold more than 1 million albums for the label.
Nelson's album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:
Ride Me Back Home (2019) (Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance, "Ride Me Back Home")
My Way (2018) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Last Man Standing (2018)
Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) (2017)
God's Problem Child (2017)
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (2016)
Summertime:Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Django and Jimmie (2015)
December Day: Willie's Stash, Vol. 1 (2014)
Band of Brothers (2014)
To All The Girls... (2013)
Let's Face The Music And Dance (2013)
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