New Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child” (April 28, 2017)

Track listing:

1. “Little House on the Hill” (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. “Old Timer” (Donnie Fritz/Lenny LeBlanc)
3. “True Love” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
4. “Delete and Fast Forward” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
5. “A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid/Sam Hunter)
6. “Your Memory Has a Mind Of Its Own” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
7. “Butterfly” (Sonny Throckmorton/Mark Sherrill)
8. “Still Not Dead” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
9. “God’s Problem Child” (Jamey Johnson/Tony Joe White)
10. “It Gets Easier” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
11. “Lady Luck” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
12. “I Made a Mistake” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
13. “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” (Gary Nicholson)

< by:  Randy Lewis Willie Nelson is showing no signs of slowing down as his 84th birthday approaches in April. He will release his latest studio collection, God’s Problem Child, on April 28, one day before he blows out the candles on his next birthday cake.

It’s his first album of newly written songs since 2014’s Band of Brothers but keeps him on his recent pace of roughly two releases per year. In 2016 he issued For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price and Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.

The title track for the forthcoming album was written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, both of whom also sing with Nelson on the song, which also features Leon Russell in one of his final recording sessions before his death in November.

Among the other songs are seven Nelson has written with veteran Nashville songwriter-producer Buddy Cannon, including Delete and Fast-Forward, about last year’s presidential campaign. The album closes with He Won’t Ever Be Gone, a Gary Nicholson song saluting Nelson’s long-time friend and fellow country music giant Merle Haggard.

God’s Problem Child will become the ninth album Nelson has released since signing a new record deal in 2012 with Sony Legacy Recordings.

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