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The tune, which was penned by Willie Nelson and originally recorded by him in 1964, is featured on Windy City, which is comprised of 10 covers of classic songs, including Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind,” Brenda Lee’s “Losing You,” Eddy Arnold’s “You Don’t Know Me” and more.
The new album released on Feb. 17 and features 10 classic songs that Alison hand selected with her producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, George Jones), including the lead track, Brenda Lee’s “Losing You.”
“Usually it’s just all songs first,” Alison said in a statement. “It was the first time I’d ever not had songs picked out, and it was just about a person.” That person was veteran Nashville producer Buddy Cannon. “That was absolutely the moment,” she says of the moment she stepped in the studio with Buddy to sing “Make The World Go Away” for Jamey Johnson’s 2012 album, Living For A Song. “Wow! Buddy really makes me want to do a good job.”
As Alison and Buddy worked in the studio to create Windy City— the first new music since 2011’s Paper Airplane—they decided to record songs like “Gentle On My Mind” by Glen Campbell; “You Don’t Know Me” by Eddy Arnold; Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared For You” and Brenda Lee’s “All Alone Am I,” that pull at the heartstrings.
“It’s almost like you didn’t know it was sad, because it doesn’t sound weak.” Alison says of the album. “It doesn’t have a pitiful part to it, where so many sad songs do. But these don’t. And I love that about it. I love that there’s strength underneath there. That whatever those stories are, they didn’t destroy. That that person made it right through it. I love that.
“It was really fun. I had a great time doing it. And to really have the mindset of seeing something through someone else’s eyes was a blast,” said Alison.
Alison has released 13 albums, including her most recent 2011’s Paper Airplane and has sold more than 12 million records to date. With 27 wins, she is the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history.
1. My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen
2. Love’s in Need of Love Today – Stevie Wonder/Take 6
3. Walk On – U2
4. There Will Come a Day – Faith Hill
5. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
6. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
7. Imagine – Neil Young
8. Someday We’ll All Be Free – Alicia Keys
9. Wish You Were Here – Limp Bizkit/Johnny Rzeznik
10. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
1. I Believe in Love – Dixie Chicks
2. Everyday – Dave Matthews
3. Redemption Song – Wyclef Jean
4. Hero – Mariah Carey
5. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
6. Safe and Sound – Sheryl Crow
7. Fragile – Sting
8. Long Road – Eddie Vedder
9. Bridge over Troubled Water – Paul Simon
10. God Bless America – C?line Dion
11. America the Beautiful – Willie Nelson
This is a memorial to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson's Stage Manager forever. I was filming a TV show when he passed away. He will be missed
Posted by Tony Dell'Abate-Realtor on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
“This is a memorial to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Stage Manager forever. I was filming a TV show when he passed away. He will be missed.”
Grateful Dead perform “The Wheel,” “I Need a Miracle” and “Uncle John’s Band” live at the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986.
Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.
After canceling a few shows due to illness, Willie Nelson is feeling better and is ready to get back to performing. Nelson described his illness as a bout with “the crud” during an interview with ABC 12 News out of San Antonio.
In addition to his busy tour schedule, Nelson is readying for the release of his new album, God’s Problem Child. The album is set to debut on April 28, the day before Nelson’s 84th birthday.
God’s Problem Child is Nelson’s first record to feature original material in three years. Fans have already had the chance to hear one of the album’s songs, titled “A Woman’s Love.” Nelson debuted a music video for the tune on Wednesday (February 15).
The album’s last track has also generated a great deal of attention. Called “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” the song was written by Gary Nicholson as a tribute to late country legend Merle Haggard. Nelson and Haggard were friends for decades, and collaborated on a number of projects together.
But Nelson apparently decided that just one track wasn’t enough of a tribute to his dear friend. As he confirmed during his interview with ABC 12 News, he’s currently working on a tribute album to “The Hag.”
“We just got out of the studio yesterday [February 15] where we did an album for Merle Haggard,” Nelson said.
Nelson is no stranger to recording tribute albums. He often makes it a point to honor his friends and musical influences that passed away. One example is his album from September 2016, titled For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price. Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboys and became good friends with him over the years.
Knowing how good Nelson’s tribute album was to Price, we can’t wait to see what he puts together for Haggard.
After all of this time, Nelson’s recordings still resonate with people both young and old. Nelson recalled a recent encounter with a young fan that left him with a big smile on his face:
“I was at a movie in Los Angeles one night at about midnight, and this young kid comes up to me and says, ‘Mr. Nelson I’m a big fan, and I just wanted you to know that I downloaded 12 of your songs today.’ I said, ‘Well, thank you.‘”
You’ll surely want to download all of the songs off of Nelson’s tribute album to Haggard and his new album God’s Problem Child. Until those albums are released, enjoy the music video for his song “A Woman’s Love” below.
“A Woman’s Love” is included on Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” available in April.