Willie Nelson on PBS Soundstage, and Country Music Album

Willie Nelson’s album “Country Music,” produced by T Bone Burnett,  will be released on 4/20/2010, but you can order it now at Amazon at: Country Music

Here’s the track list:

1. Man With The Blues
2. Seaman’s Blues
3. Dark As A Dungeon
4. Gotta Walk Alone
5. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
6. My Baby’s Gone
7. Freight Train Boogie
8. Satisfied Mind
9. You Done Me Wrong
10. Pistol Packin’ Mama
11. Ocean Of Diamonds
12. Drinking Champagne
13. I Am A Pilgrim
14. House of Gold
15. Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Soundstage will also celebrate the release of Willie Nelson’s country classics’ disc, “Country Music” (out April 20 on Rounder) when it begins airing a show nationally on PBS beginning Feb. 25.Nelson and his-eight piece band (featuring a banjo, mandolin, fiddle, steel guitar and more) gather round the stage to highlight songs from “Country Music,” produced in collaboration with T-Bone Burnett.

Nelson dipped into the country music songbook to record fresh versions of classics just like he did when he recorded “Stardust.” Nelson has covered many genres – blues (”Milk Cow Blues,” 2000), reggae (”Countryman,” 2005), jazz (”Two Men With The Blues” with Wynton Marsalis, 2008), Western swing (”Willie And The Wheel” with Asleep At The Wheel, 2009) and most recently revisited the pop and jazz centered approach of “Stardust” (”American Classic,” 2009).

“I’ve known T Bone for years, but never worked with him before,” Nelson said. “He sent me a list of 28 songs he’d thought about for this album, and I added Nobody’s Fault But Mine. We recorded 23 and picked 15 out of that to release.”

Nelson recorded the disc with many ace players. “The best people around,” Nelson said of a group that included Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Jim Lauderdale on background vocals and Buddy Miller on electric guitar.

“There are so many great songs in every category ¬ pop, country, bluegrass, whatever. There are a lot of great standards to choose from. Fortunately I¹ve lived long enough to know them all, I think. I just love singing those songs.”

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