Willie Nelson will celebrate his 89th birthday with the release of a new album, A Beautiful Time. Out on April 29th via Legacy Records, the new LP features collaborations with his longtime songwriting partner Buddy Cannon as well as covers of The Beatles and Leonard Cohen.
Just like how Nelson’s most recent album, November’s The Willie Nelson Family, was a family affair, A Beautiful Time is also a group project. The album’s lead single, “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die” is evidence as Chris Stapleton and Rodney Crowell split songwriting credits. Though someone else’s name may be on the song, the recording is all Willie as The Red Headed Stranger settles right into the dusty, harmonica-tinged track like it was one of his own.
A Beautiful Time also hears Nelson interpreting the words of songwriters Shawn Camp, Charles R. Humphrey III, Jim “Moose” Brown, Scotty Emerick, Don Sampson, Bobby Terry, and Matt Rossi. The 14-track album features covers of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” and Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song”.
Watch the music video for “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die” by Willie Nelson and click here to pre-order A Beautiful Time. Scroll down for the full tracklist and album artwork. Nelson is set to return to the road with a pair of shows at the CMA Theater in Nashville on March 10th and 11th. For tickets and a full list of tour dates visit his website.
Willie Nelson – “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die” (Official Lyric Video)
A Beautiful Time Tracklist:
1. “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die” (Rodney Crowell and Chris Stapleton)
2. “My Heart Was a Dancer” (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
3. “Energy Follows Thought” (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
4. “Dreamin’ Again” (Jack Wesley Routh and Douglas Graham)
5. “I Don’t Go to Funerals” (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
6. “A Beautiful Time” (Shawn Camp)
7. “We’re Not Happy (Till You’re Not Happy)” (Shawn Camp and Charles R. Humphrey III)
8. “Dusty Bottles” (Jim “Moose” Brown, Scotty Emerick and Don Sampson)
9. “Me and My Partner” (Ken Lambert)
10. “Tower of Song” (Leonard Cohen)
11. “Live Every Day” (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
12. “Don’t Touch Me There” (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
13. “With a Little Help From My Friends” (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
14. “Leave You With a Smile” (Buddy Cannon, Bobby Terry and Matt Rossi)